5 Specific (and Powerful) Tips for Equipping Leaders

I have come to believe that effective leaders do four things:  they cast vision, they create culture, they develop systems, and they equip leaders.  While all 4 of those things are challenging, equipping leaders is certainly more “art” than “science.”  How do you grow people to spiritual maturity and maximum Kingdom impact?  How can we develop our leadership team to our greatest potential?  In my experience, there are 5 specific practices that produce positive benefits:

Life on Life

I know of no other way to sow into a life other than doing life together.  Sharing your life with those you lead will involve formal and informal times together.  The journey is a combination of parenting, dating, marriage, and team sports!  By the way…EVERY time I’ve had a leadership failure on my teams, it is due (at least in part) to the fact that we didn’t stay connected “life on life.”

  • WE GO OUT FOR COFFEE WITH NO AGENDA.
  • WE SPEND TIME IN EACH OTHER’S HOMES.
  • WE SHARE RECREATIONAL PASSIONS (SKIING, FISHING, HIKING, THE GYM, VIDEO GAMES, ETC.).

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Training

One of the meanings of the Hebrew word for training is “to make narrow.”  Specific skill training helps to provide skills and strategic understandings.  Since vision is always more “caught” than “taught,” the process of training often provides great vision refining moments.

  • EACH OF OUR STAFF IS EXPECTED AND ENCOURAGED TO SHARPEN THEIR OWN STRENGTH-BASED TOOLKIT.
  • WE ATTEND 1-2 KEY TRAINING EVENTS A YEAR TOGETHER WHERE WE HAVE AN “IRON SHARPENING EXPERIENCE.”

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John Jackson
John is the President of William Jessup University (www.jessup.edu). John has previously served as the co-founder and Executive Director of Thriving Churches International www.thrivingchurches.com, part of the Office of the Senior Pastor at Bayside Church www.baysideonline.com , and the Founding Pastor of LifePoint Church, a groundbreaking church in Northern Nevada. As an Associate Trainer with Equip (the non-profit ministry of Dr. John Maxwell), John has trained pastors, CEO’s and other business leaders, along with meeting with members of Parliament and the Kenyan legal society.