How to Develop Leaders from Within the Church

What is one thing that successful businesses, sports teams, and churches have in common? Effective leadership. Whether large or small, a pastor alone cannot make himself available to every church member, deliver sermons, and grow the church all on his own. Just as Christ recruited His disciples to grow the body along with Him, a church can build up leaders as well. Growth and productivity are results of proper guidance and accountability. Here are a few leadership development strategies to help develop a team within the church:     



[Matthew 4:19-20] “Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”


Jesus is a prominent example of the importance of teaching. Whether new in faith or seasoned believers, there was never a time His disciples didn’t ask questions or learn from His demonstrations. For a church congregation, having a new member’s class or forming small groups or “growth” classes are beneficial for edifying one’s faith and spiritual walk.


Humility is one characteristic emphasized often by Jesus, throughout both His teachings and lifestyle. In order for someone to lead effectively, one must understand the concept of servitude.

[Matthew 20:28] “. . . Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.”


Whether a follower or a leader, God warns us not to think too highly of ourselves, but remember that we’re all in need of grace through Christ.

[Galatians 6:1-2] “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”



What are the goals of your church ministry moving forward? Identifying strengths, weakness, passions, and personalities of your congregation will bring you one step closer to establishing a leadership team. Goals are why training is essential. As explained in a previous post, a spiritual gifts test can be useful in helping church members understand their calling and where they can best serve. Once someone understands their natural character traits, such as evangelizing or teaching [Ephesians 4:11], it will be easier to identify and recruit those with overseeing qualities.


Once a team of potential leaders is in place, the pastor can arrange meetings and leadership sessions to develop their skills. Here, the group can invest time in fellowship, working together to strategize goals of the church and reinforce values, whether it be of individual ministries or the congregation as a whole.

As Christians, we are called to honor those put in place to teach and lead us [1 Thessalonians 5:12]. When leadership development is transparent and cultivated in all areas of ministry, it is a harmonious process. As always, Partners in Ministry is here to provide you with the tools and resources required for training leadership and growing dynamic ministry in all areas of outreach.

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