I was doing some research on Community Christian Church in Naperville, IL since they are doing such a great job of creating networks of reproducing churches, that totally intersected with a staff meeting that we had with Dan Southerland, our new lead teaching pastor last week.
He stopped the whole meeting and had us repeat the words, ‘Two Deep’.
Each leader, each staff member, each volunteer should be developing a bench that is at least 2 deep. Call it ‘apprenticing’ or whatever. Each person should be investing in their replacement. The lid to the church’s growth is not buildings, sites, strategy, creativity, or even vision….it’s leaders….because leaders give you all of the above.
This idea totally intersects with CCC’s big questions, ‘How do we reproduce more and better leaders at all levels’ and ‘How do we reproduce more and better artists at all levels’.
I’m still mulling that one over in my mind…I mean, I have about 3 guys that I’m investing in to ultimately replace me…but it would be so much easier to find a real strategy since no one actually did it with me. You guys have any thoughts?
What are the right questions that should be asked for a broad leadership development strategy that can be tailored to each upcoming leader?….still letting that one simmer.