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How to Make Your Leadership Pipeline Relational

By New Churches Team

A leadership pipeline that works is inherently relational. This must be modeled from the top down and from the bottom up. You are trying to move everyone from being a doer to a developer. The goal for all volunteers is to be developing them to move up the pipeline. Volunteers recruit and develop new volunteers. Recruiting and training happens through the context of a relationship.

Learner. Leader. Multiplier.

Learner, leader, and multiplier is a progression of development within each level of the leadership pipeline. For example, let’s take a volunteer who hands out bulletins. First, they agree to serve in this capacity. They spend time learning how to hand out bulletins and all the tasks that come along with this job. Once they feel confident and competent in handing out bulletins they realize they could show someone else how to do this job as well. They become a leader by teaching someone else to do the same job they are doing. Once they feel competent in that role they then become a multiplier as they recruit and train many new volunteers in this role. As they become more confident, encourage your volunteers to invite people to serve with them. Through their relationships your leadership pipeline will grow.

Span of Care

If you think you cannot be personal with your leaders and volunteers, it’s probably because your span of care is too large. You cannot imagine taking care of 20-30 people at a deeply relational level. A more appropriate span of care is one coach to every four to six leaders. This applies at every level of the leadership pipeline. Even the ministry leader should only have a span of care of four to six people. Then each of those people have a span of care of four to six people and so on. By limiting the number of people you are individually caring for, you can provide really good care and a close personal relationship. While this can be a challenging process to implement, once you do implement it your leadership pipeline runs so much more smoothly. 

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 416: How to Make Your Leadership Pipeline Relational. Click here to listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.


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