I’ve been thinking about how difficult it was to get a leadership development team off the ground when I first did that several years ago. The hardest part, as I remember, was pitching the idea to the church. I had to pitch it to our leadership board. I had to pitch it to my pastor, and I had to pitch it to the youth. I also had to pitch it to myself, but I hope you’ve done that already. I broke two of the three suggestions below (plan and prepare) and I paid for it. It cost me time, momentum, and ultimately support.
If you are looking to set up a leadership development team in your church, school, for your homeschool association, or in a local civic organization, then this post is for you. Today we’re looking at the pitch: Throwing out your vision and asking people to get behind it. There’s nothing more frightening than sticking your neck out like this and waiting for the axe to fall. No matter who you’re pitching your vision for leadership development to, there’s three things you should probably do no matter what: Pray, prepare, and plan.
I can’t emphasize this enough. This whole process should be bathed in prayer. Time in prayer should help work the other two out. This whole thing belongs to God anyway, so it might be a good idea to consult Him about it.
You need a plan. If you go at this haphazardly, you’re not going to get anywhere, and you’ll get there quickly. Who are you going to talk to? In what order? Have you set up those meetings? You get the picture. Get a plan.
Preparing is the second most important thing you’ll do as you pitch the idea of a leadership development team (next to prayer). Do you know why you should have a leadership development team? Most people will want to know that. Do you know what your leadership development team will do? Most people will want to know that. Do you know what your leadership development team will cost? That’s the 64,000 dollar question, now isn’t it? Preparing for the pitch meeting means you can answer some of the questions that will inevitably come your way, and you look like you know what you’re talking about, even if you don’t.
Is it scary? Yep. Is it hard? Yep. But time in prayer, planning, and preparation will help insure that your courage and hard work are fruitful.