10 Benefits of Having a Leadership Pipeline

At NewThing we’re always talking about our leadership pipelines. We encourage all of our churches to have one in place. 1190pipelines

The fact is, you’re not going to be able to develop leaders without it.

There are so many benefits of a clear and concise leadership pipeline. Here’s some we’ve been talking about in recent team discussions.

  1. Leadership pipelines help us accomplish the Jesus mission. Without leaders, we will be unable to achieve the mission.
  2. Helps leaders grow in their influence at the level they’re at.
  3. Provides leaders a clear path and next steps to growth and development.
  4. Helps increase the opportunities to grow leaders from within.
  5. Provides a steady flow of leaders since it’s clear what leadership means.
  6. Encourages leaders to find their unique calling and gifting.
  7. Helps established leaders know how to help new leaders grow.
  8. Morale increases at all levels because everyone understands what’s next.
  9. Expectations are clear.
  10. Everyone always knows where they are in the organization.

There are many others, but this should give you a clue. If you want to develop leaders in your church, may I suggest you build a pipeline as soon as you can.

I recently wrote about leadership pipelines here

What have I missed? What other benefits are there in having a leadership pipeline?

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Are You Willing To Be Led?

There is no doubt, we need to raise up leaders in the church.

But we should be putting in at least equal effort to helping people (including ourselves) follow well. Following is an important dynamic of the Jesus mission. Follow

In the Gospel of John we read:

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me” (John 1:43). 

Jesus is direct. Follower-ship is a command. It’s something that Jesus asked of all his disciples. Read more of the Gospel accounts and you find the disciples ‘following’ Jesus wherever he went.

To lead people, you must be willing to be led by Jesus first. Sometimes this means doing things God wants you to do..things you hadn’t planned nor expected. But you follow anyway. 

No matter what your leadership status is: mega church pastor, direct of a church planting organization, small group leader, etc. you must always be willing to be led by Jesus.

Now we know that Jesus set-up the church with servant-leaders and said go into the world and make disciples. Good leaders have also learned how to follow others well. You must remain a disciple.

If you’re a leader, you should be following someone who can speak into your life. This could be a Christian friend or mentor…another pastor or church planter. Be wise about who it is. But ensure you allow them the opportunity to lead you. 

What would happen if we put as much effort to helping each other follow well as we do in developing leaders?  

I am convinced that learning to follow is often harder than learning to lead. But you can’t lead if you can’t (or won’t) follow.

What about you? Are you following Jesus? Are you letting Him lead you in all areas of your life?

Are you following a mentor? Someone who has access to your life and permission to speak into it? Who is it? 

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Relationships and Responsibilities Help People Stick

If you’re church planting I am assuming at some point you will host Sunday morning gatherings. I will also assume that you want people to experience your community, and come back.


But what are you doing to help your guests connect in a meaningful way to your community? What are you doing to help them contribute to that community.

If we really want our Sunday morning services to be gathering centers that help people take next steps with Jesus, we’ve got to be intentional about helping our guests build relationships and assume a responsibility.

Your job is to create a culture that helps them do this.

Relationship building happens in:

  • Small groups
  • Meet and greets
  • Follow-up calls
  • Newcomer gatherings
  • Serving opportunities

Responsibilities are found

  • Serving on ministry teams
  • Serving in the community
  • Helping with projects or events

To be constructive members of any culture, people need relationships and responsibilities. People who can’t connect or find their place to contribute aren’t going to stay very long. It’s only after they have these that they will become part of your community.

Churches are no different.

To help people find relationship and responsibilities you will need to help them.

  • Be clear about ways new people can connect.
  • Build rhythms and platforms that help new people connect.
  • Set expectations that everyone find a place to contribute.
  • Be clear about how and what you’re asking people to contribute.
  • Keep the pressure on (in a positive way) about these things.

People ‘come’ to church for lots of reasons.

But they stay for the relationships and they will start growing when they have a real responsibility to the community.

What can you do today to help people build relationships and assume responsibilities in your church?

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