Today I want to talk to you about the four phases of giving your ministry away. Let’s take a look. Now leadership development is something that occurs up close, it’s shoulder to shoulder, it’s eye to eye, and this diagram illustrates just that thing. A lot of us need a visual framework to walk through and I think this is going to be really helpful for you.
Gradually we want to transfer leadership. We do that from an intentional approach of: I do this, you’re here to watch, and then we are going to talk about it.
Then we will move into the guided phase where: I’m doing it, you’re here to help, and then we’re talking about it. Maybe we do that for a week or two and then we flip the script and: you do, I help, and we talk about it.
Now what that allows us to do is have an opportunity to troubleshoot things that went well, things that didn’t go so well, and just really have a dialogue to understand maybe things that are more, well, caught than taught in a traditional training setting.
Finally, we move into the last phase: you do, I watch, and we talk. Now I’ve released the ministry responsibility to you and you’re able to lead on your own.
These four phases may take weeks or even months to complete. It depends on the complexity and the responsibilities of the role. But it doesn’t end here. Because the beautiful thing is, now that you’ve walked someone through this framework, you’ve equipped them to do it again. This time they are now the developer and they’re developing another leader. This model is great because it can be introduced at any level and replicated at any level of your ministry.
Now that you understand the four phases to develop someone in your ministry, what are you going to do about it?