Discipleship and Leadership Development

Here is a question I get a lot:  What’s the difference between discipleship and leadership development?  Good question.  Fundamentally, the process is the same, but the focus is different.

Discipleship, I learn to live like Jesus
Leadership development, I learn to lead like Jesus

Discipleship is primarily about character
Leadership development is primarily about competencies

Discipleship is about leading self
Leadership development is about leading others

Discipleship is about cultivating intimacy with God
Leadership development is about cultivating influence with people.  

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Mac Lake
Mac Lake is the Development Pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site church with 13 campuses, where he oversees leadership development, small groups, missions, communications, and internships. He is a popular church leadership conference speaker and the author of the training resource Growing Small Group Leaders. Learn more from Mac at MacLakeOnline.com.