How to Find and Develop Future Leaders

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As a current small group leader, you are in an excellent position to help identify and develop future leaders for your church. In this session, Bill Search, Senior Pastor at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills, California, gives clear direction on the kind of leaders to look for and then outlines several practical steps to help develop that individual.

But first, take a look at the small group leader qualifications in this video.

As much as I love salsa, that is not what you are looking for in a small group leader! Listen as Bill talks about the kind of people that usually make great group leaders.

Bill shares five characteristics you should look for in a future leader:

  • A growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Takes an active interest in others.
  • Wants to serve; always willing to help.
  • Decent interpersonal skills.
  • Church member, or will become a church member.

Your group might just have started, but it’s never too early to begin looking for who might be a great leader in the future. Who in your group meets these qualifications?
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As current leaders, we too must continue to grow. Take a moment and read over the above list again. I’m not asking you to respond in writing, but think over this question: How are you doing in these areas?

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Once you’ve identified a potential leadership candidate, then what? In this next clip, Bill shares several practical ways that you can begin to develop this person.

Bill said that you could:

  • Pray for them.
  • Encourage them.
  • Give them responsibilities.
  • Invite them along on various activities.
  • Get everyone in the group involved in encouraging them.
  • Keep praying for them…
If you’ve identified a potential candidate for future leadership, let me know. Start praying for them and begin thinking about what kinds of responsibilities they can manage in your current group.

Remember, as a small group leader, you are in a great position to help our church find and develop future leaders. Thanks for your faithfulness in serving our church.

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