In the American church, we tend to think of leadership development as a classroom and curriculum-based process, but Jesus had a better idea: spend time with people. Jesus allowed His life to rub off on His chosen leaders and to pour His wisdom into them, and we can do the same. Sometimes it’s a matter of spotting the natural opportunities that come along while at other times, its an intentionally-planned conversation.
Here are some simple ways to make leadership development a part of your life…
- Schedule three to five informal meetings per week – coffee, lunch, etc. – with people into whom you want to invest.
- Take potential leaders on trips with you. I’ve heard great leaders talk about the mentoring power of never traveling alone. My Worship Pastor calls it “windshield time.”
- If you’re a Pastor, take a partner as you do pastoral care – hospital visits, etc. Just the time in the car on the way is a great opportunity.
- Buy and send books to leaders. I’ve received and given books that have shaped who I am.
- Check in with a phone call. Have a list of potential leaders into whom you’re pouring,…