Leadership Pipeline

The Call to Lead: Connect Team

This is Part 5 of our The Call to Lead series. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.

Over the past couple of months, the staff and elders have been working hard to develop leadership pipelines for all of our areas of ministry at New City Church. In case you aren’t aware of what I am talking about, go back and read through the previous blog posts in this series (links above). Essentially, leadership pipelines are the systems in place where disciples are developed for various levels of leadership within and outside of the church. The goal is to develop Christian leaders, not only for the church, but also for the world who are equipped and capable to lead as Jesus would lead in all of life.

Leadership Development

We believe that every leadership position should be a temporary role. Leaders should always be looking for and developing future successors. Jesus calls us to “make disciples”, to help other grow and mature to be more like Jesus in all of life. For the Connect Team, as we think about leadership development, our development of people will be equipping them to be Christ-like servant-leaders wherever they are. We want to help develop people to be like Christ in the workplace, in their schools, at home as a spouse or parent, or as a single person. Wherever God has placed our people we want them to live the servant led lifestyle that Jesus modeled.

Our pipeline for all of our ministries at New City looks like this:

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As we develop people into Christ-like leaders, it will be a progression that models this pipeline.

Connect Team Pipeline

For the Connect Team, we already have many people who are helping to lead in so many ways. We want to formalize our leadership process in a way that everyone can see the natural progression for leadership. We desire for every Connect Team member to know what it would look like for them to move into a new leadership role within their team; along with that, we want them to be receiving training to be ready to move into a new role.

Our Connect Team Pipeline looks like this:

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We already have Volunteers, Team Leaders, and a Ministry Leader but we will be introducing Area Leaders over the next few months. There will be three Area Leaders for each team: 1) a Parking Lead, 2) a Greeting Lead, and 3) a Coffee Bar Lead. These positions will be for people who want to lead a few people in a specific area. They will be helping to teach the roles and responsibilities within a particular area as well as train them how to see and develop new leaders. Our goal here is not to create great leaders so our ministries look great and function well (though we believe our teams are great!), our goal is to train and equip Godly disciple-makers who will be great leaders in all of life.

Imagine what it would be like if every believer modeled the life of Christ wherever they eat, work, and play. How amazing would it be for the outside world if we all lived a servant-led life where we truly desired to see others succeed and grow more than we desire our own promotions and gratifications? What a great apologetic for the gospel it would be if we were excited when others succeeded or when others received promotions or raises. I believe this is the life of servant-leadership that Christ has called us to, within and outside of the church. I am so excited for what is happening in and through New City and we are expecting God to do great things in the coming days! If you have any questions or are interested in serving with us or stepping into a leadership role within the Connect Team, please contact me by email. I cannot wait to hear from you and to see what God is going to do through you in the coming days!

The Call to Lead: New City Music

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MOSES. For most the name conjures up thoughts of this great leader who lead God’s people out of an enslaving nation. Some thoughts may even harken back to the bearded Charlton Heston. Moses, a guy who fearfully obeyed God’s calling to stand before the Pharaoh and brazenly ask to let his people go, his entire workforce mind you! The guy who lead people through dry land through what I can only imagine the most magnificent hallway made of ocean water anyone could ever imagine, escaping the Pharaohs pursuit. The one who's face was glowing after conversing with God Almighty and brought down the ten commandment written on stone tablets. Talk about some HUGE mile”stones” to tell your kids and grandkids!! (See what I did there?)

There’s one accomplishment of his that I have overlooked: Making disciples. As great as Moses was, he was finite. Life would end eventually. The people would still need a leader. “He understood that leadership is always a temporary assignment—always.” In Exodus we read as Moses was carrying on his duties and his life in general, Joshua was there by his side. He personally invited and invested in Joshua. Joshua was by his side on Mt. Sinai when God gave Moses the ten commandments, when Moses smashed the Ten Commandment tablets with a righteous anger, when Moses communed with the Father in the Tent of Meetings. When the time came for Moses to pass on, Joshua was ready to lead the people. 

In recent weeks the staff and elders have been going through Designed to Lead. The book urges for leaders to be raised up in the church. The motivation here is not to have others do the work. Rather, the motivation is to see God’s work continue on and be done well as well as to see God’s work in the hearts of His people. How irresponsible it is to think that the entirety of going and making disciples and reaching the community is left up to one or a few on staff! 

The leadership at New City has been planning and discussing how to best disciple others. How do we go about this? What is the best system for this? We have been working on leadership pipelines in our respective areas of ministry. There’s still a lot of tweaking and fine tuning but we believe it is going to be great for the future of New City and ultimately for the future of God’s work here in Macon, GA. 

WORSHIP PIPELINE

Each of the pipelines are based on this flow chart: 

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In the area of Music/Worship, here are the levels of leadership:

Lead Self: Musician | Talented and gifted with the ability to play instruments or sing and are willing to serve and lead through music on Sunday mornings
Lead Others: Liturgist | Writes, plans, and leads through the gospel-centered liturgy on Sunday morning
Lead Leaders: Music Director | Organizes and leads musicians in band practice who is well-acquainted with song structure and music theory
Lead Ministry: Worship Director | Guides the mission and vision of the ministry and supports the leaders

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 
— Joshua 1:1-2

Though the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua was smooth, natural, and well thought out, Joshua’s leadership tells a completely different story. Nowhere do we see Joshua actively raising and discipling others. The tragic conclusion of his leadership was that the next generation did not know the Lord or His works. (Judg. 2:8,10) This is a sobering warning to the church and it’s leaders. We need to be continually discipling leaders more and more leaders. Our desire is not to simply replace ourselves or lighten the load, but to prepare leaders to go and serve and lead not only within the church body but wherever God has planted us in life. 

If you want to read our previous blogs in this series click here and in the search bar type, “The Call to Lead.”

The Call to Lead: Missional Communities

This post is Part 2 of our The Call to Lead series. You can find Part 1 here.

Over the past couple of months, the staff and elders have been going through the book, Designed to Lead, by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck. We have been talking and brainstorming lots about developing leaders within our church; for our church and for our city. We have been creating leadership development "pipelines" for each of our ministry areas.

Leadership Development

Todd Adkins, in reference to leadership development, says "a critical part of leadership is recognizing that your fruit grows on other people's trees." We hold this true, but we're not talking about harvesting where you haven't planted or some kind of winner-takes-all leadership model. I am talking about a style of leadership reproduction as the primary way to cultivate multiplication.

Every role in leadership is a temporary role, and every leader is not successful until they have developed at least one successor. In the Great Commission, Jesus calls us to "make disciples," not just to grow and develop ourselves. Paul also challenges church leaders not to do all the ministry themselves but to train and “equip the saints for the work of the ministry" (Eph. 4:12). Far too often in our society and sometimes in our churches, leadership is seen more as a position of power than a position of responsibility. Development takes time and effort. It must occur up close. Jesus rarely did the work of the ministry by Himself. Sure, He spent time alone, but when He ministered to people, His disciples were always nearby. He even gave them responsibility and space to lead. He shared responsibility.

Our "pipeline" for each ministry at New City looks like this:

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Why Do MC's Need a Pipeline?

By God's grace, New City is growing! This is great news. We have welcomed so many new people into our family this summer (a time of the year that is slow for most churches). Most of our MC's are exploding in size; many of which have 30-40 people attending their gatherings each week. The intended size for an MC is 12-15 adults with room to welcome in outsiders. Long story short: we need to plant more MC's. To plant more MC's we need more leaders. 

Where Do We Go From Here?

As an MC leader, it is easy to take on the most responsibility and do everything yourself. This is painful and counterintuitive for everyone involved. We need to constantly be training and equipping others to lead and progress in their giftings. This requires us relinquishing control and stepping into life-on-life discipleship.

Our "pipeline" for Missional Communities is a plan of action for developing everyone into the person God has designed them to be. It is a plan to help everyone live their lives fully in light of the gospel. Our Missional Community pipeline looks like this:

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This will look different for every person and not everyone will go through every level of the pipeline. We are simply wanting to create a model and plan to help us equip and develop everyone at New City into all God has created them to be. There is overlap in some of these pipeline levels; for example, an MC Host (Lead Servant) doesn't have to be equipped to facilitate sermon discussion time to host an MC gathering, but they certainly could be. So, don't feel limited within these categories. This is simply a way to streamline leadership development.

Implementing Pipelines and Leadership Development

The defining legacy of any leader is the quality of those you develop and your ability to transition out of your role -- at any time and for any reason. Whether sacred or secular, organizational leadership matters. We are called to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. If we do so, we will see unity in the body (Philippians 2), maturity measured in the fullness of Christ (Colossians 2) and a multiplication of disciples making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20) that hasn't been seen since the early church.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I will be happy to answer any questions or provide any help that I can.