What does your leadership pipeline produce?
Chances are, you are in a church that has a leadership pipeline. And by “pipeline”, all I am referring to is an intentional method to create and develop leaders. Now I’m not saying every pipeline works well, but most churches have something they are intentionally trying to do to create and develop leaders.
The question some of us on our team have been asking this week: What does your leadership pipeline produce?
Here’s what I mean: Most churches only really produce one or two different kinds of leaders (and by leaders, I’m specifically referring to the Ephesians 4 Five-fold ministry: Apostles, Teachers, Pastors, Evangelists and Prophets). In fact, I might be able to break it down into different streams.
- Baptist pipelines tend to produce pastors or teachers.
- Highly attractional, seeker-sensitive churches tend to produce evangelists (of a certain kind).
- Pentecostal/Charismatic churches tend to produce prophets.
The real issue here is that we need more than one or two of the five-fold ministries at work in our communities. We need ALL OF THEM. That will require a real intentionality in the way we intentionally form people and shape them in an organic leadership development process. Because what has probably happend is that we have people who are apostles that are being forced to function like teachers, or evangelists who are trying to be pastors, etc. Now there isn’t anything wrong with spending a season in a ministry that is not your own (at 3DM we call that a ‘phase’), but it’s not for forever. I worry that for many people that are in communities where they will be living in a place that isn’t their nature base for five-fold ministry.
How about you? What kind of leaders is your church producing? What’s working? What isn’t? Have you been in a place that was good at shaping and allow all 5?
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