developing leaders need to be tested

This morning I came across a great little passage in 2 Corinthians on the development of leadership in churches. Often times churches are desperatingly trying to plug leadership holes with breathing bodies rather than proven leaders. I think this happens because church build programs before they build people.

Unfortunately what happens is that churches often end up with the wrong people in the wrong seats. The worst examples of this would be an instance where a pedophile ends up working in the youth ministries or elders who are stealing offerings. The examples don't have to be that extreme though. It might just be that negative and pessimistic people end up on visionary boards or people with gossipy mouths handle confidential prayer requests or unorganized sloppy people volunteer in administration positions.

All of the above examples are the result of elders and pastors building programs before building people. It seems like Paul has a much more hands on approach to leadership development. In 2 Cor. 8:22 he writes,

And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you.

How often are you, as a leader, testing your leadership to make sure they are genuine, passionate and skilled? What tools are you using to measure the spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth of your people in leadership?

As the leader of your organization you need to be in the business of testing people. This might mean pulling up giving records to make sure your leaders are setting the standard for giving in your church. This might mean asking a leader to serve in a menial task for a season to check the servanthood quotient of their heart. This may mean asking a worship person to get off the stage and lead the toddler singing time.

Whatever it means to you - make sure you are following the example of Paul and testing your leadership so that they can prove their earnestness to you.