Feb 10, 2017


How to Develop Leaders

Pipelines, not Funnels (Tim Wheat, Mark Vance, Mike McDaniel)

How to Develop Leaders – Pipelines, not Funnels


Tim Wheat (SEND Network, NAMB)

Mark Vance (Salt Company – Ames, IA)

Mike McDaniel (Summit Church – Raleigh, NC)


In this video we’re talking how we develop leaders. It’s something everyone knows they should do, but few really know how. Find out why you should think “pipelines, not funnels” to produce quantity and quality leaders. Also hear what specific skills are most important for young leaders to develop.

Key Points:

  • Leadership funnels look for a particular type of leader, with a narrow skill-set, to develop for one purpose. Pipelines have multiple on ramps and off ramps for many different types of leaders, all of whom can be developed to their maximal potential.
  • Leadership development requires inputs of time and energy, and may not always end up in the destination you initially envisioned.
  • To lead others well, you must first be able to know and lead yourself well.
  • It takes a whole village to raise a child, and it takes a whole church to train a leader.
  • Key Skills to develop in young leaders: Character. Coachability. Gospel Identity.

Questions to consider:

  • Does your leadership development program look more like a funnel or a pipeline?
  • What is one adjustment you can make in order to maximize the gifts of multiple types of leaders?
  • How can you maintain focus on developing character in young leaders?

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about the author

Mark Vance

Since 2012, Mark has helped to lead Salt Company, the college ministry of Cornerstone Church in Ames, IA. The Salt Company is one of the largest student ministries in the country, with an average of over 1200 students attending their weekly Thursday night Bible study. Prior to leading Salt, Mark served on pastoral staff at Saylorville Church for six years. Mark is married to Crystal and they have three children: Owen, Avery, and Reid. Mark loves reading, sports, and laughter.

about the author

Tim Wheat

Husband to Melody; dad to Madison, Michaelah, Maicie; friend of church planters! SEND Network, NAMB

about the author

Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel is the Director of the Summit Network and before that was a Church Planting Pastor at Summit. McDaniel is a graduate of Southeastern Theological Seminary and resides in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

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Amy Dutton

Designer. Dreamer. Programmer. Designer.