EQUIPPING & 8 Ideas to Help Leaders Move from Being Regarded as Experts to Regarded as Equippers

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D. and the 2017 Missional Coaches Cohort, 2/1/17.

  • Create an organizational chart that includes each area of ministry.
    • Pastor, Director(s), Volunteer Leader roles, etc.
    • Identify and write down the positional names first, then add actual names of people. If you have not yet identified the desired positions or people, then begin to pray for clarity on roles and potential leaders for those roles. Pray for your current leaders.
    • Create (and have ready in writing) expectations and core values for the individual roles to have leaders lead. This brings value to the leader.
    • You become a better leader the more you can share the responsibilities of the your particular areas of ministry. You also raise the “leadership lid” as you are able to do what you can to empower/coach others to lead.
  • Take an intentional DAWG (Day Alone With God)
    • So something that fills your tank, gets you alone with God in his presence. (Go to a park, a hike, bike ride, to a lake, to the pool, etc) You get the point, do what you enjoy.
    • Take a day monthly. Journal, read a book/Bible, pray, Listen, etc
  • Begin to meet with 6-10 potential leaders regularly to move from expert to an
    equipper. (Dan Reiland’s 5 Elements to Empower Your Leaders summarized below.)

    • 1 time per month for about 1.5hrs for up to 1 year. Be intentional to talk about
      vision, core values, and maybe do a book study, and/or leadership lifter/training.
      Then recruit a whole new group of potential leaders and repeat the process.
      During this process there are 5 key areas to help equip and empower other
    • “Trust with responsibility”
      • Like a teenager learning to drive, handing over the keys to a new leader is
        a risk. But without risk, a leader can’t feel the weight of their responsibility
        and your trust.
      • Mistakes are likely, but growth occurs in that process!
    • “Train your leaders for competency”
      • “In the same way you would not let your teens drive the family car without driver’s education, your leaders need training too. Even the best and brightest of your leaders need training in order to become better leaders.
      • The training needs to be consistent, relevant, and practical. It must also embrace the cultural values of your church.
      • Global Leadership Summit, Exponential, or other Conferences if budget permits, Web-based video (such as TedTalks or Right Now Media) or leadership podcasts if budget is tight.
      • After you finish a training, plan a specific time to debrief and evaluate the their experience, what they learned, or how they were challenged. Find specific ways to apply their experiences.
    • “Give them authority”
      • Give authority (decision-making, teaching, financial responsibility, etc) equal to the responsibility.
      • Encourage an atmosphere of boldness by encouraging risks (and
        therefore mistakes). Progress is prioritized over perfection.
      • Sharing authority opens the way for others to lead.
    • “Communicate Clear Expectations”
      • Leaders need guidelines and clear expectations. Job descriptions, goals
        and cultural values of the church make it possible for them to be
        successful. When a leader does not know what is expected, they can’t
      • While uncommon, on rare occasion it is necessary to remove
        empowerment. Perhaps the leader refuses to operate within the
        guidelines, and values or cannot keep up with the needed competencies.
        This conversation always goes easier when clear expectations were
        previously set. It’s always a tough decision to remove empowerment, but on rare occasion it needs to be done.
    • “Love and believe in each one for maximum potential”
      • “When Jesus shared His authority with the disciples, it wasn’t a
        mechanical or hierarchical thing. He mentored them, invested time with them, and loved them. He saw through the mess and believed the best. Jesus had faith in the twelve, even though their faith often faltered. Jesus believed in them before they fully believed in themselves.”
      • We have the privilege and responsibility to “see” potential leadership in those we lead, and often before they see it in themselves.

© Bob Whitesel DMin PhD & MissionalCoaches.com #PowellChurch