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“We’re Tired of Trying to Microwave Church Leaders” (3 of 3)

September 7, 2010

In recent blogs here and here, I introduce some of the models effective churches are using to accelerate their emphasis on leadership development. Yet another example is the 10-month approach pioneered at Clear Creek Community Church, just south of Houston, where Bruce Wesley is founding pastor. His goal, as he describes it, is “to move from a more programmatic approach to more of a culture of leadership development.”  The church’s 10-month intensive covers the dynamics of leadership, both leading oneself and experiencing leadership the life of the church. It has three components: relational connection through mentoring, a monthly workshop, and classroom time. Here’s the clip:


Some while ago I blogged about the widespread interest by church leaders in leadership development. There are many components to shaping a more effective emphasis on leadership development. Among the issues necessary to address:

– Identify and engage leaders at all levels and age stages

– Indentify, attract and keep young leaders

– Understand the church leadership roadblocks as viewed by a postmodern X and Y


– Use social media to prompt and provide development

– Develop leaders and future staff from within the church

– Prepare leaders for multisite venues

– Staff for growth

– Customize training for each leader level

– Shape leader development in a time-crunched environment

– Create a healthy leadership culture

– Develop leadership pipelines that multiply leaders

– Help leaders not to experience leadership burnout

– Celebrate leadership individually and corporately

– Find appropriate resources to help develop volunteer leaders

What about you? What have you found to be most effective in developing leaders at your church?

For more information about the Leadership Development Community, contact Cindi Haworth, Project Coordinator,


Warren Bird small  Warren Bird, Ph.D., is Research Director for Leadership Network and a frequent contributor to this blog, a books blog and a multisite church blog.

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