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In this episode, I interview Todd Adkins of LifeWay Leadership. LifeWay Leadership hosts an annual conference and has put out a free ebook on leadership pipelines to help churches be intentional about great leadership. Todd and I talk specifically about what a leadership pipeline is, how it is used, and the steps it takes to develop one in your ministry.
Links Mentioned in This Episode
Ministry Grid – 4000+ sessions on developing the specific ministry roles in your leadership pipeline
5 Leadership Questions Podcast – Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper interview leaders from a variety of professions and ask each guest five questions about leadership
New Churches Podcast – A podcast designed specifically for leaders involved in planting churches or launching multi-site campuses
Developing Your Ministry Pipeline (ebook) – LifeWay Leadership’s resource that outlines what a leadership pipeline is, the structures and content that are vital to it, and the elements of the competency-based training that helps the pipeline thrive
Leadership Pipeline (book) – Ram Charan talks about how to grow leaders from inside your organization
Leadership Engine (book) – Noel Tichy argues for making leadership development an integral part of your organization’s culture
MyLeadershipPipeline.com – Register for the LifeWay’s leadership conferences or seek out regional coaching
Implementing a Leadership Pipeline
- Determine when you moved from being a doer to a developer
- Look at your organizational chart with your team and define levels of leadership
- Hone your church’s application and onboarding systems
- Unify language across the board
- Develop the competencies required at each level
The Six Competencies
- People Development
Vision, Huddle, Skills
- Agree on cadence of meetings for your church’s leadership
- Gather all leaders in a large environment 1-2 times a year and focus on one value
- Have quarterly skills-based meetings with individual teams
- Have regular huddles with 1-3 members of your team to work on personal development
- Walk through the steps we talked about to implement a leadership pipeline in your church
- Define levels and competencies for your pipeline, and determine how each level will get the information essential to developing the required competency
- Check out Ministry Grid for ministry-specific development sessions
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