Tips for Building Effective Church Leaders

As much as you'd like to, you can't manage your church all by yourself. You need church leaders assisting you in organizing meetings, overseeing small groups and departments, and reaching members at the grassroots level. That said, it's your responsibility to develop effective church leaders who can run things righteously, even in your absence.

Should you go ahead and hire? The church is not just a business or NGO but a spiritual place, so hiring isn't the best way to go. Therefore, the leadership development of church members is crucial for them to fill those roles.

This article discusses tips on building the right church leaders that would be effective and responsible.

1. Instill a culture of responsibility

To build effective church leaders and workers, you must begin by making them see themselves as the church -- to see the church as their responsibility. In fact, one of the significant roles of any pastor is to enable their congregation to realize and live out their identity in Christ.

Help your members see that they are not only meant to preach Jesus but also to be his hands, working in the church to keep things organized.

2. Give members opportunities to serve

You might have heard the saying, "responsibility makes one responsible." A mother doesn't always prepare for the role until the child arrives. They find themselves settling in. The same can apply to your congregation. By giving church members a chance to serve in an executive role, they may adapt and even strengthen the leadership qualities they may possess.

Jesus called his disciples and asked them to follow him. They didn't prepare for it. But along the way, he kept teaching them, and they kept learning.

In many cases, you may have to provide opportunities by giving away responsibilities that are currently held. The staff may or may not assist, but ensure the new guy has all they need to administer their duties.

3. Build leaders out of disciples

For leaders to have disciples following them, they must first be disciples themselves. Sometimes, you may need to intentionally take would-be church leaders through a discipleship training program. Let them learn how to be disciples to prepare them to encourage a spirit of discipleship within your congregation.

You see, these leaders would not only take up administrative roles but also ministerial roles, so they need to be taught the core of leadership and discipleship.

They may preach and teach in your church from time to time, and you want the teachings to be consistent, regardless of the speaker. This step-by-step training can help spread a unified culture and ideology throughout the church via the selected leaders.

4. Encourage members to answer their callings

Let's face it, there are born leaders and those who are called, but very few listen to the voice inside them. Many people shun their inherent leadership qualities. While some discharge the duties easily when called upon, they shy to a corner when asked to take up a leadership position officially. It isn't always easy for them; it's even more difficult when they're too busy in the corporate world, and their current paths seem to be set in stone.

However, you can help such people by encouraging them to consider their purpose -- for that which they have been divinely called.

Finally, when developing church leaders, you must focus on the people rather than the roles you need to fill. You would give yourself obstacles trying to put square pegs in round holes. Rather than shaping a person to fit an open role, find a role to suit the person's capabilities.

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