Invest in Others: 7 Steps to Develop Leaders

By Artie Davis

The greatest and highest calling of a leader is to replace themselves.

The Lord said to Elijah…anoint Elisha to succeed you as prophet. So Elijah went from there and found Elisha… Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.

Then he left to follow and assist Elijah. ~1 Kings 19

  • Listen for God’s voice to know who you should choose to invest in
  • Confirm your commitment of investment
  • Take them with you as much as possible
  • Let them watch what you do
  • Let them help you, and you watch them
  • Let them do what you do, and you praise them
  • Help them do what you do…Better than you do!

The Kingdom must have leaders that produce greater leaders. “Greater things than these will you do.”

This is what Jesus did.

Do you have anyone you are doing this with now?
Have you listened to hear God speak a name, or two…or twelve?
What step are you in now?

Artie Davis

Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.