Perhaps one of the church’s biggest needs is leadership development. There are ministries in our churches that need to be led, and there are always new ministries that need to be started. Everyone in the church has been given a spiritual gift to use, and many people have leadership gifts. The question is, how do we help people become better leaders?
USMB is addressing this need by facilitating connections among our current leaders who have developed solutions that can be garnered for use among our churches. Many MB agencies, or affiliated agencies and institutions, have great ideas and programs for developing leaders. The key is to put these together in a way that makes sense for local church leaders. The National Strategy Team (NST) is currently at work to do just that. We feel there will soon be a good system in place for local church leaders to get the help they need. We also have several churches that are already doing well in developing leaders, so another goal is to connect these churches with other MB churches that need assistance.
We also want to bring more vocational pastors, church planters, missionaries and ministry workers into the developmental pipeline.
We are working at providing tangible ways to accomplish this. Part of the solution is “tapping the shoulder” of someone whom you recognize has leadership potential. Tell them you see leadership gifts in them, and ask them what they need to develop those gifts.
Above all, we want to encourage our pastors to be about what God has called them to be, to equip people for ministry: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12).