Identifying and selecting new leaders is critical for long-term ministry growth. Here’s four ways to refine the process:
1. Start a google document listing the potential leaders for your ministry at the beginning of every year. I suggest dividing them at least by male/female. You can also categorize them by readiness to lead, or some other internal value that will help you sort the list.
2. Schedule a regular time to evaluate and curate the current list. Is there someone to add or remove? Has someone on the list demonstrated an increase in attendance, motivation, understanding, vision, etc? Be sure to add notes alongside each name to continue to move the selection process along, so you do not start each meeting catching up and re-discussing things you have already decided.
3. Integrate these potential leaders into as many current events/activities as possible. When you are looking for someone to fill a role, start with this list first, not with a vague ” ‘who would be good for this?’ question.” The focus will shift from planning a cool event to strategically developing leaders by means of hosting an event. I have noticed that activities become more aligned to the mission, vision, and values of a ministry when leadership development is a priority.
4. Train your leadership team to always think about and look for signs of leadership potential when interacting with those whom they are leading. Leadership selection is not an event; it’s an ongoing, iterative process.