Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today by Mac Lake

Here are my notes from a pre-conference session at the Exponential 2014 conference given by Mac Lake on leadership development. It was a great session for me personally, and I shared it at the Leadership Forum on May 5 at Eastbrook Church.

Six keys to developing tomorrow’ leaders:

1. Look for willingness rather than readiness

  • Develop, but don’t wait for ready-made leaders
  • “if we wait for readiness, our pipeline will be dry”
  • There is a difference between leadership development and leadership placement

2, We have to give young leaders game-time opportunities now not later

  • We value excellence over leadership development
  • Because of this, we don’t risk putting others forward
  • We get addicted to success and people’s approval
  • Because of this we don’t give others a shot
  • Think of Jesus sending out the 12 – they didn’t get it; some were really young – but they were doing the wonders of the kingdom

3. Ask God to disrupt the heart of potential leaders

  • Matthew 9 is an interesting journey
  • Jesus does  many signs and wonders
  • Jesus’ heart is moved by compassion
  • Pray for new leaders
  • “37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
  • “Tear out workers” – radical, even violent action
  • Ask God to do something in people’s lives around you

4. Make leadership development a relational investment

  • “15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:15-16)
  • Jesus calls us friends
  • Leadership development is not fast, linear, and highly structured; it is slow, messy, and customized
  • The higher confidence I have in you = the higher confidence you have in yourself

5. Be highly intentional in your development of young leaders

  • Luke 10, Jesus sends out the seventy-two
  • Appointed them
  • Gave specific instructions:
    • Don’t take a purse or bag or sandals
    • Enter houses and give peace
    • If person of peace, then stay there and accept hospitality
    • Don’t move house to house
    • When welcomed do the works of the kingdom
    • When not welcomed, kick the dust off your feet
  • Jesus taught ministry competencies for the field
  • So, too, we should teach people to do what we do

6, Challenge new leaders to reproduce right away

  • 2 Timothy 2:2 – Paul instructs Timothy to reproduce; Timothy still had a long way to go, but he was called to reproduce right away
  • We sort of wait…and people will wait…they’ll default to us and our ongoing leadership
  • Reproduce disciples
  • Reproduce ministry leaders
  • Reproduce churches
  • If we’re going to live out 2 Timothy 2:2, we need to go for it now

One thought on “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today by Mac Lake

  1. Thank you Pastor Matt on the messages during your God led sermons! So encouraging to me, especially in today’s message…about standing firm with all that is happening in where God has put me to reach out. Really needed to hear that. I’m so thirsty for more encouragement in the church family. My heart is heavy these days cause I really want to be a light to these lost international students and others in the church that need Him in comfort and peace.


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