leadership pipeline

Scott Magdalein on A Better Way To Train Leaders

Big Ideas:

  • The best time to train volunteers is when they get started. Help volunteer leaders take their first step when they excited about the work and eager to learn. Take time to clarify their role, share the values of the team, and set expectations for their first work day.

  • The best way to share information is through online training. Time is a precious commodity that most people don’t want to invest for the sake of sharing information. Plus, many of our volunteer leaders need time to listen and process information before they’re ready to ask good questions or engage in conversation.

  • Trained Up makes it easy to get started training your volunteers. You don’t have to have volunteer training already figured out. Trained Up comes pre-loaded with over 600 videos inside multiple courses to help you.

Do You Make These Massive Leadership Development Mistakes?

Developing other leaders is vital to the health of any organization and institution, including the Church. Consistently, however, church leaders make critical mistakes that cripple their best efforts.

In this ten minute video, I talk about three mistakes most churches make in developing leaders and what you can do to avoid these common pitfalls.

From rethinking how you define leadership to the power of a consistent development plan, you need to understand and put these things into practice if you want to build a great team that frees you up to focus on work that matters most. 

What You'll Learn In This Episode

  1. Your church has more leaders than you realize
  2. Emerging leaders need more than just theological training.
  3. How to build a simple and sustainable system that develops every leader in your church. 

Do The Next Right Thing

Pick up one of the resources that I reference in the video and link below. I created each of these to help you in different aspects of leadership development.

36 Resources For Growing Leaders - helps you clarify leadership competencies and provides resources that develop the knowledge, skills and character needed in your leaders.

How To Develop Amazing Leaders - unlocks the puzzle of leadership development based on research in more than 150 churches.

Pipeline Academy - a revolutionary, step-by-step system that helps you design and install a leadership pipeline for your church in as little as four weeks!

Important Links and Mentions From This Episode

  1. FREE - 36 Resources For Growing Amazing Leaders 
  2. FREE Webinar - 'How To Develop Amazing Leaders In Your Church
  3. Online Training Program - Pipeline Academy: start designing your leadership pipeline today! 

Thank You For Watching!

There is a lot of content you could be taking in today, but you chose mine, and I'm grateful for that! If this was helpful for you, I'd really appreciate it if you shared it via email or social media using the menu below. 

Four Competencies Required To Be A Successful Leader

Successful leaders are faithful to a handful of core beliefs and are fruitful in building something bigger than themselves.

In this ten minute video, I talk about four competencies every leader needs to develop if they want to be a successful leader. 

From self-awareness to empowering others, you need to understand and put these things into practice if you want to help other people reach a common goal!

What Kind Of Coach Do You Need As A Pastor?

Back in 2002, I hired my first coach.

That factoid (? shoulder shrug) is important because later I'm going to show you how to choose the coach you need as a pastor to get the results you want.

I blew out my left hamstring trying to beat out an infield single in a church league softball game. 

Yeah, I know. The stuff of legends. 

The gym I trained at had a half-dozen trainers and I decided to hire one of them to help me build strength and flexibility in my legs once I finished my rehab.

My plan was to vet them informally. In between sets of my workout, I'd watch how they interacted with their clients.

Most of them seemed more interested in their friends or the women who were working out. On one level, that didn't bother me. But I eliminated those guys from my internal competition.

The trainer (Wade) I chose was an obvious fit. He paid attention to his clients. He seemed genuinely interested in their questions. 

But that's not why I chose Wade.

I picked him...well, the reason I decided to work with him is crucial for you as a pastor.

4 Powerful Changes Pastors Need To Make Next Year

If you're like most pastors, you're already looking ahead to next year and hoping that it's different than this year. You're not a statistic, but most churches didn't grow over the past 12 months, and a lot of pastors are struggling.

Sadly, a lot of pastors I talk with have no real plans to make next year different. Sure, you can set some goals or make resolutions. But didn't you do that last year?

Let's try something different this year. 

2017 Is Coming, Pastor. Are You Ready?

You and I both know that our work can keep us up at night. As 2017 gets closer, there will probably be a day when you lose a little sleep wondering whether your church is going to grow next year. How will we reach more people? What can we do to free up more money for ministry? And we all know how it feels to lose a little sleep because you're worried about something.

Always Use The Spoon

Last night, our staff hosted a dinner for a dozen of our ministry team leaders - men and women who invest a lot of time and energy in the day-to-day operations of the church without any financial compensation.

It was a minuscule way for us to say 'thank you,' and it was a fantastic night. Everyone shared a favorite moment in the church from 2016. They talked about their hopes for 2017. We laughed. Hard work and success were acknowledged.

It really is amazing what can happen when people get together to eat tacos. Now, I know that hipsters ruin everything, including tacos. Tacos have become excuses to shove whatever you want into a tiny tortilla. And...occasionally it turns out to be awesome.

What you can't screw up are tacos with ground beef or grilled chicken. Add lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and salsa and you're set.  That was the set up for dinner last night and it turned out great. 

But it almost didn't happen.

The Painful Reason Leaders Get Stuck And Stop Growing

Watching a grown man fight back tears is painful.

When a local pastor asked me to grab coffee after I spoke at an event for pastors and church leaders, I had an idea where the conversation might go.

Growing church. Hard working leader. Just heard me say that nothing is more critical to someone's success than their personal management.

Focusing on what matters most in life and work.

6 Bad Reasons Why Good Pastors Don't Have Coaches

Elite athletes have coaches.

From NBA MVPs to Super Bowl winning quarterbacks to the world's top golfer, they all have coaches.

World-class executives have coaches.

Ask a CEO who has grown their company to 7-figures in revenue, and what you'll hear consistently is that they would not have taken their business to that level without their coach.

Pastors do not have coaches.

Actually, some of them do. But do you?


'Who's coaching you?'

I've asked this question to most of my friends who are pastors. Sometimes I'm helping them untangle a mess in their church. Other times I'm testing my research as both a pastor and a performance coach.

Among pastors who lead large-to-mid-sized churches, 8 out of 10 do not have a coach. In smaller churches, that number is closer to 9 out of 10. In church plants, a decade of encouragement has created inroads towards coaching - 6 out of 10 planters do not have a coach.

But I'm not concerned about them, for the moment.

Let's talk about you.

If you have a coach, I'm sure you'll join me in singing their praises. In fact, I'd love for you to leave a comment below and tell the rest of us who your coach is and how they've helped you.

If you don't have a coach, I want to share something with you that I've picked up over the past few years of coaching hundreds of pastors and church leaders

6 Bad Reasons Good Pastors Don't Have A Coach

  1.  Good pastors look for silver bullets. Most pastors devour content (books, conferences, websites, blogs, etc.) looking for a breakthrough idea. The truth is that breakthrough happens most consistently when you take what you already know and put it into action.
  2. Good pastors look for experience. Most pastors think that what they need in a coach is someone who has already been where they are, achieved success and is now enjoying life further down the road. The truth is that coaching is a skill set that doesn't even require someone to be a pastor to be successful. I'll come back to this in a second...
  3. Good pastors are convinced their situation is unique. Most pastors assume that the circumstances surrounding their challenges - the people and the problem - have not been dealt with before. The truth is that while no two situations are identical, there are consistent patterns that a good coach can help identify.
  4. Good pastors are convinced their team is the problem. Most pastors pursue coaching for their team before they ever consider it for themselves. The truth is that if you are the lead pastor or senior minister of a church, every problem in your church is ultimately your problem. 
  5. Good pastors think coaching is expensive. Most pastors hear about the investment people make in executive coaches - often exceeding five figures - and assume there is no way they can afford a coach. The truth is that options exist at practically every level of investment you could make.
  6. Good pastors think they don't need any help. Most pastors have neither a coach nor a counselor. The truth is that without professional help, your health and performance suffer...and your family and church suffer with you.

One quick story...

A friend of mine took his kids to an indoor facility similar to the America Ninja Warrior set. He's the kind of guy who isn't going to watch his kids climb and jump; he's going to do it with them. And let's just see it's easier for kids under the age of 10 to handle this obstacle course than for a grown man in his 30s.

After a couple of futile attempts to successfully navigate a particular part of the course, my buddy got some help from an unexpected source. A 15-year-old girl was watching him and told him that he should 'jump high, not far; and bend your knees instead of keeping them straight.'

Frustrated by his lack of success, my friend took her suggestion and made it across. He found her after finishing and asked her how she knew what he needed to do. Had she tried the course before?

Her response: 'No, I've never done it, but my boyfriend does it all the time. I learned from watching him.'

My friend received coaching from a 15-year-old girl who had never done what she helped him do. She watched someone else succeed, understood how success was achieved, and helped my friend do what he might never have done on his own.

Do The Next Right Thing

If you are a pastor who can't get from where you are to where you want to go, then hire a coach. A good coach creates an environment for you to focus and achieve more than you could ever do on your own.

As a performance coach, I help church leaders grow their preaching, grow their team, and grow themselves. I want you to be the best version of you, so I'm offering you the opportunity to have a FREE breakthrough coaching call with me. This call is not a sales pitch, and if I do anything that makes you feel like you've wasted a second of your time, I'll write you a check for $1,000. 

I already have a heavy slate of clients, and I can't help everyone who asks. But if you can't afford to shuffle along on your own, here's what I want you to do next. If you want to schedule a planning session with me, just click on the link below:

Yes, I want to set up a call! (select Consultation with Matt Adair)

When you click, you'll see a form with a few questions about your church and what you're looking to accomplish. Once I have that information, I'll do some research for you, and we'll set up a time to go over it together. 

Ready to take your life and leadership to the next level?

Schedule your breakthrough call NOW! (select Consultation with Matt Adair)

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