Tuesday, April 16, 2019



Whether in management or systems, the effectiveness of a leader depends on the person or persons who hold the ladder; those who are in support roles.

Those who hold the ladders are as important as the leaders themselves.

Those who faithfully support from the bottom are often unseen. That doesn't diminish their importance or the need for them. It does mean that even though their ministries or their positions are every bit as important as the leader on the top, sometimes they do their work unnoticed. Sometimes, God may be the only one who knows who’s holding the ladder.

The ladder holder determines the height of the ladder climber; those who hold the ladder control the ascent of the visionaries.


Three ways in which we do ministry: the first is to do everything ourselves. that's too much work. The second is to hire it out. That is too much money. The third is to develop others. that is too much time.

Because they didn't teach others to hold the ladders for them, a few visionaries have fallen. Others have burned out from overwork and trying to do everything themselves. Some have simply quit trying.  “It’s just too hard” they say, “and too lonely.”
There is a vast difference between training people and developing them. Training focuses on tasks; developing focuses on the person. Training is uni-directional; developing is omni-directional.

God never intended for the local church to be a one-person organisation.
If we don't develop and equip others, we’re never going to have the kind of ladder holders we need - especially when we want to climb to the highest rungs.

We can't treat people the way we treat ideas or activities.

We need to help those we develop to: Understand their purpose, grasp why their roles are important, cope with disappointments as well as with success, ignite their passion, be inspired to reach their fullest potential.

Having many activities isn't always advancing.

We leaders need ladder holders the most when we make the jump from activities to working with individuals.

We lead people but we manage things.

Too many of those who call themselves leaders are actually good at projects. They can visualise what needs to be done.

Dealing with projects is easier; dealing with people is more difficult.

All projects need people - but they need the right kind.


I've come to one foundational understanding: The most important decision leaders make; is to select the right helpers. If they don't have the right people holding the ladder, the project will fail.

In the church we need to choose leaders who are involved, active and already showing their commitment to Jesus Christ by their involvement. In business, we need the same kind of dedication. When we look at the qualities we seek, however, before anything else we need to start with integrity.

In God's eyes, people count more than bridges, elevators, escalators, or ladders.

The fulfillment of the vision depends on the people who support the ladder of the visionary leader.

The higher we need to go, the more important the ladder holders become.

Source: Who's Holding Your Ladder by Samuel R. Chand

1 comment:

  1. God never intended for the local church to be a one-person organisation.