Mac Lake is a Lead Navigator at Auxano, an organization that helps develop actionable plans for articulating, planning, and integrating vision into church cultures. Mac is also the Lead Architect of the Pipeline Development Process.
Mac’s passion is growing leaders for the local church. “Every time I hear Bill Hybels say ‘The local church is the hope of the world’ my heart comes out of my chest and it increases my sense of urgency for developing leaders who produce leaders.” – Mac Lake
In this episode, we talk about developing emotionally healthy leaders whose leadership multiplies by growing other leaders.
Welcome to episode 24 of the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers!
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Takeaways from the Episode
1. Leadership Development is an Extension of Discipleship
Leadership development needs to be thought of as an extension of discipleship, rather than a separate construct within the church. Our leadership needs to flow out of our ability to follow Jesus well. Teaching people to follow Jesus first, equips them to lead from a place of closeness to Jesus and not from a place of ego or arrogance.
2. Growing People Grow People
A lot of times as leaders we are doing leadership development by delivering the same old content. When we grow as a leader that overflows out of our soul. When God is teaching us new things, it flows out of your heart. Step number one in growing leaders, is growing yourself. If you don’t continue to grow yourself you will lose credibility with those you lead
3. Healthy Leaders Lead Healthy Organizations…and Vice Versa
Our emotions affect our attitudes, behaviours and choices. When we lead out of a healthy place, we have healthy attitudes and behaviours and make healthy choices. When we lead out an unhealthy place we make unhealthy choices. When we are emotionally unhealthy, the temptation is to make emotion-based decisions. When we make emotion-based decisions we’re not making Christ centred decisions.
4. When Things Aren’t Going Right, Look At Yourself First
When we hit roadblocks in ministry and in leadership, we need to first look at ourselves and ask, “Is there a competency that I need to acquire or character I need to develop.” John Maxwell says that if you’ve been leading an organization for three years, every problem that exists can be traced back to you.
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Join us next time for the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers. In episode 25 we talk to Eric Geiger about accountability.