I’ll never forget an amazing statistic that my good friend, Dr. Samuel Chand, shared with our leadership team as we were preparing for our Easter On The Hill service last year here at Celebration Church.
He shared that for every 12-15 leaders we recruit, it will equate to over 1,000 people in attendance at our weekend services and events! And as simple as that equation appeared, I have to admit it was difficult at first to believe that was all there was to it.
But as I look back at that day, a day when nearly 20,000 people sat on top of our hill to hear the story of a risen Savior, we know that is was not a result of a popular football player or the national and worldwide news coverage we received, but rather it was because of the 1,204 people we recruited to serve with that amazing effort.
I truly believe that for any church to grow, and more importantly, sustain its growth, it must be in the business of multiplying its leadership.
As ministry leaders, we often fall victim to the belief that in order to grow our churches, we must produce more events, more innovative services, and to conjure up some new marketing effort that will spark the interest of those in our surrounding communities.
But as I encouraged our staff earlier this week, many of these efforts will only result in addition, not multiplication.
In 2 Timothy 2:2, we find these words: “And the things you heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Here we find the Apostle Paul, whose approach to missions and church growth still stands as a model for us today, sharing with Timothy that the key to growth is not found in producing more programs or activities, but in recruiting and equipping leaders to serve.
Notice that I didn’t say ‘volunteers.’ But leaders.
Committed leaders. Faithful men (and women).
Those who have proven their ability to teach others.
This year, I challenge you as ministry leaders to shift your focus away from simply adding people, and become fixated on finding and multiplying your leadership. Become dissatisfied with simply creating tasks that only attract temporary volunteers, but rather consumed with unveiling problems and opportunities that great leaders love to solve.