Why do we make it hard
- Because it is. We learned very little about it in school, and very few of us had strong leaders who deliberately built skills and desires into our lives. And we do not get much time to travel together like Paul did with Timothy or Titus.
- We use books too much. A lot of them make it complicated.
- Maybe we should just have two subjects to impart: character and church. CE National has discussion guides from Bible verses on these two subjects, by the way.
- We forget it is just TLC – time with men in a group of 4 to 6 others, Love shown and said, and Content of the scripture that hits the heart.
- We do not ask ourselves and all staff to lead a group of 4 to 6 others to develop in character strength and church leadership.
How do we find and develop board members and strong ministry leaders?
- See specific ideas in first section.
- Be sure to have at least two open–to-anyone meetings each week where you can meet men who have leadership abilities or potential – like a “quarterback club” breakfast, prayer partners, and more. (Glad to tell how these work.)
- Ask teachers and ministry leaders and yourself to teach assistants or apprentices. Remember, “I do, you do, we do.”
- Just begin. “It is amazing how little we can do in one year and how much we can do in five years.”
What is your part as senior or lead?
- To do more than anyone on this.
- To require a true TLC group of all staff and yourself , including staff women. To urge this of strong leaders.
- To say and even practice that strong leaders do not just happen.
- To pray for leaders.
- To produce a mood of love, grace, and joy that would motivate people to want to serve as leaders in your church.