I will not lie and I am not trying to brag, so do not start hating on me, but I am truly blessed with a great group of leaders. It is has honestly been a long road. Over the years, I have had my great leaders and my not so great leaders. Overall in my churches I have had, like I am sure most of you, a decent group of leaders with a rock star or 2 and that is it. I have done a few different things most of which have had their pros and cons. I have tried to do it all myself with little or no additional leaders. Not a good idea for many different reasons. When I came to my last church I cleared out the previous guy's leadership, not the best or worst move, but could have been handled better. When I came to my present church 7 years ago, I was told I had to keep the leaders I had...for better or worse. Long story made short, God taught me and He (not me) also slowly cleared out and replaced almost everyone.
Currently, the leaders that I have are great. We laugh and have a great time together...almost to much fun. It also different from past churches, because it is a mix of ages and a mix of parent and non parents. I have tended in the past to target young, non-parents for leaders. I had a variety of rationales like they would have more time, the students don't want their parents as leaders, and a bunch of others. God has taught me and shown me that a you need a variety of people in order for your team to work. Like Jim Collins ("Good to Great", "Great by Choice..) says, "It is not always a question of what is needed, it a question of who is needed".
I now also have a group of "leaders" that are in fact leaders, not just followers. I am not presented with something new to be learned. How to leader leaders and not just lead followers. Something I am been thinking about and working on. I saw this this morning, so I figured I would share it. Let me know what you think? Where are you at? What are you learning? How are you doing finding and leading leaders?