Here are some notes, quotes, and takeaways from Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck
Leadership, apart from the work of God, cannot produce true flourishing or eternal results. The center of the Church is the gospel, but the center of leadership development must be the church.
Every day, there are coffee shop meetings where potential leaders are being asked to join a company, give to a cause or join a team. But no-one should outpace the Church in developing leaders because no one else has the assurance that their contribution will last, that their leadership will eternally matter.
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” – Wolfgang Von Goethe
Leadership development in the church has three parts, all illustrated in the lives of Moses and Joshua.
Less than 25% of church leaders said they had a plan to develop leaders in the church. They admit they have no strategy. But failure to equip people for ministry results in an unhealthy church. Equipping must be viewed as foundational, as fundamental to what it means to actually be called a church. Pastors should prepare, nut perform.
“In some sense, a pastor is to leave the ministry the moment the pastor enters the ministry.” Don’t monopolize ministry; multiply ministry.
The longer people attend a church that values equipping, the more they grow uncomfortable with only comfortably attending.
We must develop leaders for the nations and leaders for our churches, but we must also equip God’s people to lead in the environments He has currently placed them.
“Most people spend the vast majority of their waking lives at work. Yet, many churches spend a sparse amount of their exegetical labors helping people apply God’s Word to life and leadership in the public square.”
Business is not a necessary evil. Business, done according to God’s law, honors the purpose of God for mankind.
Unhealthy church culture is ultimately a theological problem. Eventually, people behave consistently with their most fundamental beliefs. What the church community believes about God, themselves and the world will drive the way they interact with each. People don’t always believe what they say they believe.
90% of patients that undergo heart bypass surgery do not change their habits. That’s how tough it is to change.
Making leaders in church is training people to be humbly dependent, not willfully independent.
“Quick successes reassure the believers, convince the doubters, and confound the critics.” – William Bridges
Leaders underestimate the time and the constant pressure required for managing church culture.
Shaping culture is more difficult than changing staff, worship style, logos, programs, or even the name of the church.
Jesus did not divorce leadership development from discipleship. Do that and you will leave people more skilled and less sanctified. Other Biblical examples include Joshua, Moses, and Elisha.
The sweet spot of leadership development is the intersection of knowledge, experiences, and coaching. Jesus consistently provided all three to the Twelve.
“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” – Vince Lombardi
60-70% of all leadership development is applicable to any domain or context. – The Leadership Code.
Leadership development does not provide instant gratification. It does not produce immediate results.
Paul worked hard at this. – 1 Corinthians 3:10.
God is not bound by a system but He has chosen to use systems. He left detailed instructions to Noah on how to build the ark. He gave Moses specific measurements for the tabernacle. Paul encouraged the Corinthian believers to organize their gatherings. Systems are not unspiritual.
Without a system, all you have is wishful thinking. Systems help create culture.
Creating a Leadership Pipeline
- Lead yourself
- Lead others
- Lead leaders
- Lead ministries
Core competencies of leadership in the church
- People development
- Ministry specific skills