Training to Know - Training to Grow
What do Southwest Airlines, Mattress Firm, LinkedIn, Apple, Facebook, the Container Store and Starbucks all have in common? Employee Development Training. These companies know that it is essential to provide continuous development training in order to be successful and to grow. According to the Pollster George Barna “There are some 300,000 Protestant and 20,000 Catholic churches in the United States, but their impact on the nation's culture is less significant than that of the 91,000 post offices or 15,000 McDonald's locations. The reason for this state of affairs is a lack of leadership in the Church. "The people who fill positions of leadership in the churches are, for the most part teachers -- good people, lovers of God, well-educated, gifted communicators -- but not leaders. They do not have or understand vision. They fail to direct people's energies and resources effectively and efficiently. ”
Why is leadership training essential in the church or in ministry?
It has been said, “As the leader goes, so the followers go. We often model what we see. So, if the leader of a ministry is ineffective he or she will not be a good role model to lead others. An ineffective leader can hinder the growth of a church or ministry.
Leadership training is at the core of the Biblical method for expanding the Kingdom. For instance, we see in both the Old and New Testaments examples of training and multiplying servant leaders. In the Exodus 18 we see Jethro challenging Moses to create a leadership structure and leadership development system. In the New Testament, our greatest example was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who spent three years training His disciples on becoming servant leaders, and then sending them out to change the world! He told Peter in John 21:17, if you love me – Feed my sheep.
Please note that the success or failure of any church does rest solely upon the shoulders of their pastor. The true measure of success or failure of a ministry is in the hands of its leadership (in whatever capacity you serve). Pastors cannot do it alone! Ask Moses – he set leaders who could take a portion of his authority and participate with him in caring for the nation. Ask Jesus – he chose 12 disciples and trained them to carry the Gospel. Ask Paul. He told us in (I Corinthians 3:9) “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” But it is essential that leadership is competent and effective in the position that they hold. According to Warren Bennis and Bert Nanus, “It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from followers.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Do they have a vision for your ministry (men’s, women’s, deacon board, etc.)? Does that vision match up to the one that the pastor has? Are you as the leader willing to learn to building on your leadership skills and provide mentorship for those under your leaderships? If not, why?