Smaller Group Level
Department Leaders meet twice a month to get on the same page and hear from each other on needs and issues we need to be thinking through. Renaut and I lead these meetings and it is a space where we restate the mission and vision, again and again, to keep everyone moving in the right direction.
Each department does its own development based on the unique nature of its teams and focus. I visit these meetings a couple of times each year to be an encouragement, answer questions, and do targeted development based on what each team needs. I also take each department out to lunch once a year to connect with that team in a more casual setting.
Emerging Leaders Cohort
Every other month, I gather with our youngest and least experienced staff members to do general ministry development with them for a couple of hours. They often show up with a list of questions, and I have some things prepared to train them. This is a time when I just lean on 20+ years of experience to help them move forward in their own development. For them, they get time with an executive leader instead of going through their department director. For me, it gives me a chance to learn how to lead millennials before they actually become my direct reports in the next few years. They don’t know it, but I’m doing research when I meet with them!
Teams are encouraged to find and attend conferences that would be of unique developmental benefit to them. The church covers these costs for them within reason. No more than once a year in most situations. My role here is to simply tell them that it’s something they can and should do.
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