Scripture makes it clear that the right kind of leadership is vital. While skills are important, a humble heart that is seeking after the Lord first is essential. That is why we believe that this movement requires us to multiply quality leaders. This will be achieved in three ways.
First, we will continually seek to provide quality leadership training for all our ministries. The mission statement for our staff reads: “The Eastern Hills Church staff exists to equip, train and serve our people so together we can engage every person to become a passionate follower of Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 4 says that the role of leaders is “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12-13
The characteristics of a godly leader are a humble heart, a holy lifestyle, a hunger for God’s Word and a powerful prayer life. So, we will continually seek to equip and train our leaders in these areas.
Second, we will develop and maintain a fluid succession plan. Over the next five to ten years a significant number of our senior leaders will be retiring. We are and will be hiring and developing young, quality leaders who can seamlessly take on the mantle of leadership as these transitions take place to ensure the ministry will continue to be a part of this movement that God is doing.
Third, we want to become a training ground for young leaders through internships and the establishment of an intense residency program. This program would see young leaders come to us for a one or two-year residency to be trained and released. It is another way we believe God will multiply the movement, much like how revival in one place can spark revival in another.