In a recent article at The Malphurs Group blog, Brad Bridges offers nine ideas for ways not to develop leaders in your church or ministry. Among these counterproductive actions:

Do It Yourself. If you can do it all, you don’t need anyone else right? Wrong. Everyone eventually will run out of do-it-yourself capacity.

Hire more people. If you have too much to do, pay someone else to do it. Wrong again. Many times hiring and hiring more people is a bandage. The real solution: Develop the leaders you already have.

Delegate to the nearest warm body. When you are stressed or tired, it’s tempting to assign tasks to anyone available. People don’t just want work to do. They want meaningful, challenging and relevant opportunities. Delegate according to gifting.

Shun Evaluation. With volunteers, this is easy to do. They don’t want you to evaluate them, right? Wrong. People hate corrective, punishing or controlling feedback. They like positive, expected and developmental feedback (well…maybe not all of them do). Rather than telling people what they did wrong, try having clear job descriptions and asking them what went well and how they’d like to improve. (Click here for the full list.)

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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