1. Cultivate their spirit.
Life is constantly changing and evolving. We can’t get bogged down in teaching hardcore, rigid methods in a culture where things are always developing. Instead, we focus on the things that don't change: a true authentic relationship with Christ and how to love His work, His church and His people.
2. Fail forward
We believe in failing. Failing means that new things are being tried and new faith levels are being attained. But we only believe in failing forward. That means that you get right back up and try again just in a different way or different time. God does not require perfection, and neither should we. We have all failed at one point or another and God poured out His grace on us. We should share that same grace with our leaders.
3. Your potential is showing!
The Bible is chocked full of stories where a person was chosen by God based on their potential, not on their present state or their past. It was always a risk. But, Jesus took a risk on all 12 of the disciple. Barnabas took a risk with Paul, a former persecutor of the church! But the risk is done because we know the transforming power of God. And if we want to get real honest, God took a risk on each and every single one us.
4. Promote originality and risk-taking.
Risk-taking can be defined as: “Taking actions which might have unpleasant or undesirable results.” Without risk taking, you remain sluggish, predictable, mundane and complacent. But risks are about pushing yourself until you’re operating outside of your comfort zone, not allowing yourself to be stifled by fear and taking a step that might feel awkward at first. Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like our own walk with God? Constantly being pushed and stretched for growth. Constantly being nudged out of our comfort zone. We should not only allow but REQUIRE risk-taking from our leaders. Risk-taking unlocks potential.
5. Stay Humble.
Developing future leaders demands humility. Often, those serving under us, will possess greater skill, expertise, potential and talent than we do. But if we see ourselves as spiritual role models, we will no longer feel competitive or threatened but instead, will find joy in their success. Their success is our success. Jesus said that the we will do greater things than even He did. He wants us to surpass His work on this Earth. We should desire for our spiritual offspring to surpass us in every way just as we do our own natural children and as Jesus does for us.
6. Create blueprints for life.
The goal is to help everyone discern their calling from the Father. We want to determine one's calling, goals, steps of action, and direction. What are their passions? What are their fears? Because we have found that often, their destiny purpose can be found behind their greatest fear. That’s the enemy’s way of stopping us before we ever get started. Pastor Jodie’s greatest fear was speaking in public, yet she is called to teach. Pastor Ray’s greatest fear was singing in front of people, yet he is called to lead worship. Our goal is to unlock their giftings even if they aren’t aware of those giftings.
Once a leader's calling and giftings are recognized, we help them identify what God has called them to do. Is it in ministry? Is it in business? We want them to unlock the vision that God has for them and then run with purpose.