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Catch a Rising Star: 4 Ways to Identify New Leaders

One of the most important roles in the life of any leader, particularly a church leader, is to spot the “rising stars”—those members of your team who are exhibiting ever-increasing passion, desire and, most importantly, results.

But how do you spot these rising stars?

Effective leaders know it takes more than simply looking at attendance figures.

Here are four ways to spot your rising stars:

1. Watch for the migration of volunteers.

Bill Hybels and others have taught extensively on the need to be aware as to where your church’s volunteers are flocking. Where you have an effective leader in place, over time you will see your church’s volunteers drift into that leader’s orbit.

2. Listen for the “buzz” in your church.

A ministry led by a rising star will generate more water-cooler talk around your church. People connected with that ministry will become “raving fans” and will increasingly pepper their conversations with news about that ministry.

3. Take note of an increase in resource tensions.

When you have a growing leader in place, they will start to consume more resources in order to generate and manage growth. They will need more facility space, more budget and more church-wide communication.

All of these can cause mild annoyance among teammates. You need to manage these tensions, while recognizing they could be pointing toward a rising-star leader.

4. Trace the lineage of your church’s top leaders.

At the large church where I served as executive pastor, I once compiled a list of our church’s most effective leaders (elders, deacons, small group leaders, etc.) and traced their stories back. I found that across the board, many of these top leaders had been developed through one particular ministry in the church.

Not surprisingly, the leader of that ministry was identified as one of our true rising stars.

John Maxwell has observed “everything rises and falls on leadership.” I might add much of the future success of your church will rise and fall on your most effective leaders.

So keep scanning the horizon for these rising stars. Learning to spot them is a journey in itself. But the payoff is always worth it.

How do you spot your rising stars?  

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