This week we are doing some different – we are introducing Leadership Pipeline, a concept and framework for churches to develop leaders at every level of ministry. Over the course of the week we release a podcast each day. We are also offering a free e-booklet called Developing Your Leadership Pipeline which can be downloaded here (lifeway.com/churchleaders/free-e-booklet). If what you read and hear interests you be sure to register for our upcoming webinar, “Leadership Pipeline: The Role of the Volunteer.” (Live.lifewayleadership.com) In this episode Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger, and I introduce and explain the systems of a leadership pipeline and ask the following questions.
- What are the systems in a Leadership Pipeline?
- Why are they so important?
- Where should organizations start when auditing their systems?
- How do you align systems in a complex organization?
- How do you change systems and processes that are deeply embedded in the organizational culture?
“Systems help create culture.”
“The work develops you, the ministry develops you.”
“The system is the how – how we ensure that people receive knowledge, experience, and coaching.”
“When you have a million pieces it’s very easy for them to get out of whack.”
“A system helps scale.”
“Often times when people say they have an organic approach it means they have no approach.”
“You can build the relational elements into a system.”
“Systems put people in a position for relationships.”
“It’s hard to do anything excellently without a system.”
“There are a lot of churches that just do cattle calls for volunteers.”
“Do we have clarity and simplicity on what we say is most important?”
“Pilot new things with the highly competent and energetic people.”
“People who are tied to old systems are not people to pilot new systems with.”
“Tell stories and celebrate things you want embedded in the culture.”