An Effective Leaders Workshop for the Local Church

Developing an Effective Leaders Workshop

Though some people may be ‘born leaders’ people are rarely born effective leaders. Becoming an effective leader is something that must be developed. Good leaders don’t fall from heaven; they are grown on earth.

So how do you develop effective leaders in a local church?

When faced with this question the response is usually directed to the qualities/values of a good leader… or the process and competencies that are needed to produce an effective leader. Both aspects of leadership are important, but let’s look for a moment at how to develop an Effective Leaders Workshop that concentrates on the process and competencies of leadership.

The Process of Leadership

To develop this aspect you could use something like the Leadership Skill Builder Booklet to introduce leaders (or potential leaders) to a framework that provides consistency for both them and those they lead. It covers areas like:

  • Learning as much as possible about yourself and about others
  • Empowering individuals and teams
  • Assessing specific strategies and goals that you aim to achieve
  • Deciding what methods are appropriate to achieve the goals
  • Evaluating overall behaviour, teamwork and outcomes
  • Reviewing your own performance as a leader

Leadership Competencies

Leadership is composed of a number of different competencies, or puzzle pieces. If all these pieces are not in place the effectiveness of the leader will be limited. To develop this aspect you could use something like the Leadership Effectiveness Profile to assess the strengths and limitations of your leaders (or potential leaders) in the following competencies:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Contextual thinking
  • Directional clarity
  • Creative assimilation
  • Change orchestration
  • People enablement
  • Reciprocal communication
  • Driving persistence

To help with this you could use the Leadership Effectiveness Profile Resource Guide which has everything you need to present a workshop or to give feedback in a coaching relationship. The Guide contains a considerable amount of detailed explanatory information for each category of the profile and also offers a number of possible exercises and discussion topics that may be used to help participants better understand the whole subject. If this Guide is used to present feedback in a workshop there is flexibility to vary the length and shape of the workshop, but there is also a suggested pro-forma half-day program included in the guide. Facilitators may add to or subtract from the program as they wish to meet the needs of their participants.

So where do you start…

Start with yourself

The greatest leadership myth is ‘I have arrived’. The landscape is always changing and leaders are always facing new problems and new possibilities, so never stop growing your leadership skills. Consider completing a Leadership Effectiveness Profile yourself to assess your current strengths and limitations. Why not engage a coach who will be able to guide you in developing both the process and competencies of leadership. It may be the best investment you can make in yourself as a leader.

Coach others

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. The future will depend on how you develop more and better leaders. Remember, good leaders don’t fall from heaven; they are grown on earth. Invest some time in your current and potential leaders.


Colin is the Director of ResourceZone. He is a recognized authority in areas like coaching, leadership development, team building, discipleship, church health and growth and multiplication movements. He can be reached at colin@resourcezone.com.au



Leadership Skill Builder
Leadership Effectiveness Profile
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