How Lay Leaders Can Change Your Church For The Better

Get tips to identify and train strong lay leaders for churches in urban neighborhoods.

At World Impact, we believe that building strong teams of leaders is critical for effective ministry in urban communities. Yet, creating such teams can be difficult, particularly when it comes to mobilizing and educating lay leaders. We are dedicated to providing churches with the resources they need to create numerous levels of lay leadership as a result.

Why is this so important to train lay leaders? One benefit of building a large group of lay leaders is that it frees up pastors to concentrate on preaching and teaching while enabling others to serve in a variety of roles within the church. This not only lessens the pastor’s workload but also motivates congregation members to participate more actively.

Additionally, equipping lay leaders with the skills they need to serve effectively can have a significant impact on community outreach efforts—whether your church is in an urban neighborhood or a rural area. Either way, lay leaders who are trained and empowered to lead small groups or evangelism efforts can help reach more people than just relying on pastoral staff alone.

Finally, building a solid group of lay leaders can help to ensure that the church is ready for long-term viability. Churches may assist to ensure that there are capable leaders available to take over when existing pastors or staff members retire or leave by investing in leadership development programs now.

Building strong and long-lasting urban churches requires developing and organizing lay leadership. World Impact is dedicated to assisting churches in achieving this goal by offering tools and assistance for building capable teams of leaders at all levels. Keep reading to learn about those tools.

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Lay leaders can serve in various capacities within the church, from leading small groups to serving on ministry teams or even preaching and teaching. But without identifying these individuals and investing in their development, churches may miss out on valuable opportunities to build capacity and sustainability. 

At World Impact, we believe that every person has God-given gifts and talents that can be used to serve the church and community—it’s up to us as leaders to identify those gifts and provide opportunities for growth and development.

As we’ve seen many times over the 50 years we’ve been doing ministry: effective lay leaders come from every background. Whether they were formerly incarcerated, or immigrants with a winding path to healing, every believer has a gift to use for the betterment of the body. When leaders can relate to the struggles faced by those within the church, communities flourish. 

To help identify potential lay leaders, churches can start with these suggestions. 

7 Tips For Identifying Potential Lay Leaders

  1. Look for individuals who are actively involved in church life and ministries.
  2. Consider diversity in your search for potential lay leaders, including individuals from different age groups, backgrounds, and experiences.
  3. Observe how individuals interact with others within the congregation.
  4. Pay attention to those who show initiative and take on responsibilities without being asked.
  5. Identify individuals who have a heart for serving others and a passion for ministry.
  6. Consider those who have experience or skills that could be valuable to the church, either as a professional or a volunteer.
  7. Seek out those who demonstrate leadership qualities such as integrity, humility, and a willingness to learn.
  8. Consider those who have a track record of commitment and consistency in their attendance and involvement.
  9. Look for individuals who demonstrate a willingness to invest time and energy into their own personal growth and development.
  10. Observe how individuals respond to challenges or adversity within the church community.

By using these tips to identify potential lay leaders, churches can begin to build a strong team of leaders that will help ensure long-term sustainability and effectiveness in ministry. 

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Lead Better With Training

Did you know that World Impact can help you train lay leaders? Here are a few of our programs that are equipping leaders within an urban context.

  • World Impact U empowers you to train your team for ministry. Participants access the instruction digitally, with a certification track available based on ministry needs.
  • Our Church-Based Seminary is an affordable, accessible, and effective leadership training program for leaders who are ready to learn the biblical basis for ministry, specifically in the urban context. 
  • Trauma Healing training is a turn-key solution to equip church leaders with Biblically-based mental health principles. It provides healing and hope to the program participant and prepares leaders to minister to others who are working through trauma healing. 

This is what World Impact U student, Oscar, had to say about his experience: 

“This training has maximized my potential as a leader and impacted the ministry I serve!”

As Oscar experienced, World Impact’s trainings provide a powerful opportunity to learn how to effectively lead in your church and within the community.

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Investing in the training of lay leaders is essential for churches to ensure that ministry teams have the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead their congregations. Not only will this enable pastors to spend more time studying and preaching, but it will also create a culture within the church that focuses on empowering members of all backgrounds and experiences, aiding in its overall growth. 

Taking the time to train lay leaders not only boosts morale but also equips individuals with powerful tools they can use anywhere.

Need ideas for training your church’s lay leaders? We’d love to help. Contact us today and we can learn more about your ministry.