Most churches admit they need more leaders. I have never met a pastor who would say they didn’t need more leaders, but I’ve met hundreds who are desperate for new leaders.
The Bible says to make disciples. That’s should be our goal for every believer in the church. But, the process of doing church requires leadership. Leaders leading the process of making disciples.
One way to grow a church is to expand the leadership base. And, one way to ensure a church doesn’t grow is to limit leadership development. In fact, if a church isn’t growing — one major reason may be they haven’t developed enough leaders. Without leadership progress stalls.
There are 4 primary reasons I’ve observed for churches that aren’t developing new leaders.
Pride – When current leadership doesn’t believe anyone coming along could do as good of a job as they are doing — they will cease to develop new leaders.
Selfishness – When current leadership doesn’t wish to share the power — they will cease to develop new leaders.
Lack of Intentionality – When current leadership doesn’t have a plan or system to develop new leaders — they will cease to develop new leaders.
Ignorance – When current leadership doesn’t know how to develop new leaders — they will cease to develop new leaders.
There are probably other reasons, but these are the four I see most often.
Is your church developing new leaders? How? If not, why not? Do any of these apply?