Church Trainer exists to encourage and empower Church leadership by educating them with the “How to” of ministry. We believe as leaders grow in their leadership ability, they can become agents of change in reaching people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s our heart to ignite passion along with wisdom for a combination that will be a catalyst for change in our Churches. Our goal is to help you develop the leadership core of your church to be on the front lines and create a place of influence in your community.
Empowering is defined as: to give power or authority, to authorize, to enable or permit. I have been a pastor, trainer, leader, manager, and teacher for the past 30 years. My greatest reward is when others take what I have learned, the ups, downs, successes and failures and learned from them. However, the most effective way to encourage someone is to help them discover what’s inside of them. It’s not all about what has worked for you that can give them wisdom and guidance, but to really be able to empower leaders, you have to help them discover their call and help them develop their strengths.
Take time to listen and ask God to show you other people’s gifts and talents; ask questions about and help them to develop their vision and calling. I love to share encouragement through newsletters, seminars, leadership lessons or just telling stories about my own life and ministry. Although these tools are useful, most of the time the most effective empowering comes from a conversation of listening and sharing.
Empowerment also occurs when others are inspired to take a new course of action or be rejuvenated with new passion to continue their course or journey. This type of empowerment provides the opportunity for leaders to expand their leadership capacity.
Give new leaders in your church or organization temporary responsibility. This helps you to see if they are ready for more of a leadership role and it sets them up for success and empowerment. This type of delegation also helps you to be able to focus on new things and have time to be more creative and pastoral. As leaders we are called to “equip” people for the “work” of the ministry. If we aren’t equipping, we aren’t doing our job and mandate as a leader.
One last thing: Be inspiring – ALWAYS cast vision! Continue to seek and search for relevant means and methods to inspire your team. I have found that when you are inspiring, you are empowering!