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Episode Info: How can you activate the gifts of others and multiply the impact of your ministry? In this episode we speak with Dave Ferguson about becoming a “hero maker” by focusing on making those around you great leaders. Transcript Announcer: Leading Ideas Talks is brought to you by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Subscribe free to our weekly newsletter, Leading Ideas, at churchleadership.com/leadingideas. Leading Ideas Talks is also brought to you by More Church Leaders | Stronger Church Leaders. This video tool kit provides strategies to identify and support new leaders and build and maintain effective ministry teams. Learn more and watch sample videos at churchleadership.com/shop. How can you activate the gifts of others and multiply the impact of your ministry? In this episode we speak with Dave Ferguson about becoming a “hero maker” by focusing on making those around you great leaders. Ann Michel: I’m Ann Michel associate director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. And I’m pleased to be the host of this episode of Leading Ideas Talks. I’m visiting today with Dave Ferguson who is the lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church. And he is co-author with Warren Bird of the book Hero Maker: Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to talk with you today, Dave, about this important subject. Dave Ferguson: Thanks for having me, Ann. Ann Michel: So before we get into the specifics of what it means to be a hero maker, I want to begin with a more general question. I’ve been working in leadership studies for a long time. And I’m aware of a paradox. Almost every church leader that I talk to tells me how urgent the need is in their church for more new leaders and better energized leaders. But yet, at the same time, my sense is that there’s very little attention given to the subject of leadership development. I think that’s beginning to change. Your book obviously is a step in that direction. But I wondered if you could help me think about why the church has so often ignored this need of leadership development? Or when they do it, they do it in ineffective ways, at least in my opinion. Dave Ferguson: No. I would agree unfortunately with your observation, Ann. I think maybe we’ve made leadership development more complicated and more of a mystery than it actually is. Because I think if pastors and other church leaders begin to understand that really leadership development is just another expression of discipleship, that we are doing as you’re growing, but multiplying probably someone who has a leadership gift or at least some influence. I think if they begin to see it as a simpler version of that, I think it wouldn’t seem so daunting, so intimidating, or so “Oh my gosh, that’s another thing I have to do.” No, it’s actually the primary thing you have to do. Except it.....
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