4 Keys to Recruiting and Keeping Next Generation Leaders

Most ministries struggle to find the necessary volunteers and leadership to fulfill the needs of the ministry. Of the two, volunteers or leaders, there tends to be a extreme deficit of leadership.

The primary reason…, most leaders who are currently in place don’t have a strategic and intentional method for actively seek out and developing next generation leaders.

Here is a simple process to help you begin to fill your leadership funnel with potential candidates for future leadership opportunities.

  • Examine – Look around the landscape of your ministry and pre- qualify potential leaders. Look for people who have a track record of commitment to the ministry vision. Who have the time available to engage at a deeper level than they currently are investing. And, who love to learn and grow in their leadership potential. Make some real decisions about the leadership values you are looking for and specifically seek them out. If you don’t define what you are looking for, how will you know it when you see it?
  • Engage – When you feel you have a great candidate it is your responsibility to create a relationship. Start a friendship or deepen the one that is currently in place. Remember, if the opportunity arises for you to coach them to their next level of leadership, it will be because they granted you that permission based on trust. Be willing to spend lots of quality time in the relationship building process. One well developed leader can inspire and empower dozens of volunteers in the future. Look what Jesus did with just 12.
  • Invite – After the relationship has deepened and you feel confident that a potential future leader is before you then take the initiative and invite them into your leadership development process. Be intentional and clear in explaining the potential that you see in them, the needs within the ministry and the process they will need to engage to grow into the next level of leadership. Help them see the vision of the defined objectives and let them know that if they will embark on this journey of leadership development, that you will be there to coach, encourage and guide them.
  • Invest – Now be committed to walk beside them and coach them through the levels of your leadership development process. If you don’t have a well defined process in place, then there is no time like the present to begin to formulate one. Leadership development is about investing in someone else’s potential day after day. It takes an investment of time, resources, risks, opportunities, relationships and more. If you are not truly willing to invest in others, how can you ask of others to invest in your cause?

If you will put in the necessary effort to pursue each one of these opportunities, it may take some time, but you will begin to see a new generation of leaders flow into the ministry as each new leader you develop repeats the process on their own with your help and support.

Do you need help developing an intentional leadership development process for you ministry? Maybe you read this and think, “well that would be great if I had a real process and the time and patience to develop it”. It isn’t as hard as you think. It just requires some intentional and strategic focus and planning. I can help you with that. Let’s connect !


About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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