90 Second Leadership – The Reality of Leadership Multiplication
Let’s talk about the reality of multiplication in your church. Over the past two years, Lifeway Leadership has had the privilege of walking over 2,600 church leaders through our Pipeline process. The number one reason why they say they attend is because they need more volunteers, leaders, and coaches. Whatever level of their church’s leadership pipeline they oversee, they would say, “I need more people!”
But often they’ll look at a diagram that shows leadership multiplication and think, No way! That diagram is not reality. I would say you can move from thinking it’s a pipe dream to moving it into your pipeline and making sure that you are multiplying yourself.
First, that’s what I’m asking you to do. I’m asking you to spend the next year to developing two people. If you commit to that and bring in the core competenciesyou want to see in them, one of the most important competencies is people development. Make sure these two people are committed and responsible for modeling and developing other leaders the way that you have just done with them.
If you do that the first year, then in the second year you and the two people you developed in year one do that and the model continues again the third year, you have quickly moved from it just being you as a leader to 27 leaders involved in your ministry.
You may say, “That’s not reality. People come and go. People move away. And some people wash out.” So maybe it’s not three years. Maybe it take seven years. Your number one role as leader is to reproduce yourself. You need to make sure that your legacy is not something you do but the people that you develop.
Now that you see this leadership multiplication diagram in a new light, what are you going to do about it?