I sat in on a webinar for the last hour. Had a few of my questions answered live! It was with Larry Osbourne of North Coast Church in Cali. He wrote a book we use for our elder training called The Unity Factor.
He talked on the topic of Multiplying Leaders. There were several points that were helpful. I plan on walking through the whole web…i….nar with CH, JB, and TH (Elders/Elder in Training) when I get back. I’m posting the ones that most resonated with me and where Crew is right now. We’re either dealing with these or need to be cultivating these.
(1) Ministry is Addictive. This point was to put emerging leaders into situations where they can be stretched but effective. Give them enough equipping/training so that they aren’t completely overwhelemed. But leave some discovery and to some degree inadequacy so they can depend on Christ and see him use them in it. In these situations leadership is caught.
(2) The Ponies are More Important than the Mail. This alludes to protecting our team from burnout. We’re dealing with this, but through this discussion I was alerted to some other folks at Crew that I need to serve better by giving them a break. Others will need to step up.
(3) Beware of High Passion, High Contentious People. Obviously people who are divisive shouldn’t be leading, but the ones that get by us are the folks who are passionate about the right things and yet become troublemakers. Those who are contentious for the right things are still contentious. Be alert for those who like to argue about doctrine all the time. Look out those who feel spiritual elite.
(4) Empowerment & Excellence will Always Be in Tension. Don’t you know it. I feel like Crew has always done a good job at empowerment at the expense of excellence. And there is certainly a need for excellence on our end. But we’ll need to be careful we don’t let the pendulum swing too far the other way and lose the freedom to fail as we learn.
(5) Always Make Room at the Table for Young Eagles. Thought I don’t like the “Young Eagle” term I like the point. There always needs to be a young emerging leader(s) involved in the leadership process. This will train/equip them and attract young/emerging leaders.
Love to hear your thoughts or questions as you learn with me.