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Eric Geiger: Why Your Church Needs a Leadership Pipeline

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Eric Geiger is the senior pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Before moving to Southern California, he served as senior vice president for LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric has authored or co-authored several books, including “Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development” (co-authored with Kevin Peck) and the best-selling church leadership book, “Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples” (co-authored with Thom Rainer).

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Key Questions for Eric Geiger 

-What does it mean to have a leadership pipeline in a church?

-What can smaller churches that have a limited staff do to develop leaders?

-What does it look like to see people move through a leadership pipeline, and how do you help them in that process, whether a church is small or large?

-How would you suggest that church leaders start implementing leadership pipelines in their congregations? 

Key Quotes From Eric Geiger 

“A leadership pipeline is basically a framework that helps you think about how to develop leaders or how to develop people. And so you’re grabbing a leader from the beginning stages of that person’s journey, and what do you hope the person becomes, and how do you develop the person to become that kind of leader?”

“A leadership pipeline is not only about teaching, but it’s about competencies that you want developed in people.”

“A leadership pipeline is a systematic way to think about developing people.”

“I would say a leadership pipeline stops you from getting really complex because if you don’t have a leadership pipeline, what you’ll end up having is a ton of different nomenclature, titles of people in different volunteer roles in your church.”

“Identify the natural levels of leadership that you already have. That’s your pipeline.”