A Primary Leadership Quality
August 4, 2014 3 Comments
I’m not a leadership guru. I’ve probably only read one Maxwell book (although I have about 10 on my book shelf). I’m not an aficionado of leadership conferences. I’ve never really even considered myself a leader. But I know I am one because I have friends who ask me the who, what, when, where, and hows of ministry. So there are some who are interested in my thoughts therefore I lead.
I have often said (and I’m not even sure where I first heard it from) that the primary goal of a leader is to develop leaders. In other words, the first job a leader should begin to undertake is seeking someone to fill his/her shoes. I know that sounds counterintuitive but the reality is if you’re a leader, you won’t be where you are for long. For numerous reasons you will find yourself moving to the next place and you can either be prepared by having developed a leader to fill your spot or leaving your spot empty creating a void in the corporation or church.
When I first came to GraceLife, I had a few initiatives. One of them was praying and seeking someone to be the worship leader at GraceLife. I know that sounds odd because I had just taken that position myself. But I knew that training and leading someone to take that spot would take a considerable amount of time. So began early finding my replacement.
By the same token, I was being discipled to pastor. My pastor spent a considerable amount of time leading me, advising me, questioning me, inspiring me,(constructively) criticizing me, training me, and simply befriending me.
Training leaders to take your spot also means training leaders to take “A” spot. Sometimes, training a leader means to train them to go. Other times, it means train them so you can go and they can stay and fill the void.
So here is where I am at. I won’t be at GraceLife Clarksville much longer. That’s not a bad thing. Because we have trained and equipped the next generation of leaders to take their place. The next worship leader will step up and take my place and I will go step into my new role as pastor of GraceLife Lewisburg.
Leadership training is a vital part of church. Our aim at GraceLife is not to make big churches but deep Christ followers, a people who know and do the word of God, are passionate for those far from God, are a people who joyfully give, do life together on a tangible level, and who celebrate authenticity and diversity. This is all a process of discipleship.
Leaders develop leaders. Some stay and fill the void where others leave to continue the great process of discipleship by creating new families (oikos) of God. More than leadership, it is discipleship and we are all part of that process. Go make disciples baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and remember, I WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU!