I often voice concern about those coming up as leaders in the church. My main concern is that they are not there yet. I want those wanting to be church leaders to be ready now. But instead they are still learning.
The leaders being built up are not leaders yet. It’s a hard concept to remember for me sometimes. It’s something I have to remember that even at one time I was a leader that was being created.
We have a lot of leaders who are still learning what it’s like to be a leader. Leaders all over are getting kicked, beaten and smacked around in the church as they fail as leaders. My suggestion is rather to build up and mentor them now and help them through their mistakes.
We see them in leadership and expect them to be perfect. But we can not hold them to that. Most Church leaders if going to college graduate around 24-27 years old. These leaders have interned at healthy positions. Have been built up in an artificially built position and are expected when they become leaders to be perfect.
It’s easy for us to sit and judge and burn these people and chase them off. But I’m consistently reminded how we learning to be church leaders are still learning about God. We are full of sin and struggles. And at a Christian College we are learning how to hid our sin better or we are learning to give our sin to God.
I see many leaders suffering from lack of confidence. I see many leaders who are struggling with their sins. I see many leaders lacking the drive to do anything. But I also have confidence in them. I know they will survive. This weekend I got to see alumni who were in the same boat as these leaders currently. They struggle and they had issues. But through God and others working in their life they were able to grow closer to God and be where God is asking them to be.
I know that those who survived from 15 years ago when I originally attended school were invested in by others mentoring and putting time into showing them what leadership was. They failed, fell, and were picked up by people who invested.
The key is to invest in to building them up. There’s no set time. There’s no set gameplan. There’s just them learning through the experienced and been there. The investors don’t do this to be given glory but to help the next generations of leaders of churches.
We need to invest in these leaders. They will fail. They will see themselves as worthless. That’s not the case we are all valuable. Our value is no in money but rather in God’s kingdom. When they fail it’s our job to come along side them and help them to grow in leadership.