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Episode 042: Leadership Pipelines With Todd Adkins

In this episode, I interview Todd Adkins of LifeWay LeadershipLifeWay Leadership hosts an annual conference and has put out a free ebook on leadership pipelines for churches to help them 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.

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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

Leadership Pipelines for Churches: Implementation

  1. Determine when you moved from being a doer to a developer
  2. Look at your organizational chart with your team and define levels of leadership
  3. Hone your church’s application and onboarding systems
  4. Unify language across the board
  5. Develop the competencies required at each level

Leadership Pipelines for Churches: The Six Competencies

  1. Vision
  2. Strategy
  3. People Development
  4. Collaboration
  5. Stewardship
  6. Discipleship

Leadership Pipelines for Churches: Vision, Huddle, Skills

  1. Agree on cadence of meetings for your church’s leadership
  2. Gather all leaders in a large environment 1-2 times a year and focus on one value
  3. Have quarterly skills-based meetings with individual teams
  4. Have regular huddles with 1-3 members of your team to work on personal development

Action Items

  1. Walk through the steps we talked about to implement a leadership pipeline in your church
  2. Define levels and competencies for your pipeline, and determine how each level will get the information essential to developing the required competency
  3. Check out Ministry Grid for ministry-specific development sessions

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Next Episode: Lenny Moore

In the next episode, I interview NextGen Pastor, Lenny Moore. Lenny and I have a great conversation about being intentional when it comes to raising up new leaders. We talk about how to empower others to lead according to their gifts, not ours, and Lenny shares his journey of discovering the importance of investing in leaders over programs.