Recruiting, Training, and Resourcing Leaders
The best principles for leadership and management-whether business, military, government, education, or religion-come from the Bible. Here are four thoughts which derive from God’s word using Paul’s “serving as a soldier” metaphor in 2 Timothy 2:4.
First, if you want to win a war, you will not stand on a street corner handing our rifles to everyone who passes by. Instead, you will identify and recruit those capable of service. They will have to pass a test. Not everyone will get in. Paul put it like this: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Second, you won’t give new recruits a bunch of bullets and a booklet about how to use them. Instead, you will train, drill, and practice for many weeks. Denzel Washington, in the movie Man on Fire, said it this way: “You are either trained or you’re not trained.”
Third, once your leader recruits complete training you will not then leave them on their own. Instead, you will continue to train and drill to keep their skills at peak performance. 25% of Secret Service duty is training- their credo: “repetitive training to overcome the negatives of self-sacrifice.” The Bible puts it this way: “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3).
Fourth, you won’t send your troops out without adequate supplies. Instead, you will maintain a supply line so your forces get the encouragement and resources they need for the battle.
NOTE: The following discussion starters will be a regular feature of the Weekly Briefings starting this week!
Reflection Questions for You and Your Leadership Team:
What is your men’s ministry doing to recruit capable leaders? What kind of training do you offer new leaders? How do you keep existing leaders at peak performance? Are your leaders getting the encouragement and resources they need?
For the glory of Christ and no other reason…