Train Leaders Where They Are

I occasionally get asked why I write the way that I write. If you have read a few posts on my blog, you will notice that they are not very long. A few thoughts or ideas and usually an application. The simple answer to why I write this way is – that is how I like to read blogs.

I commit a certain amount of time and attention differently to different mediums.

Twitter is a very quick glance, with little retention.

Blogs are a little more time and attention, but if the post goes past a page scroll, I will probably move on.

Books (yes, I still read books) are given a lengthy amount of time to read, comprehend and apply.

I think this trend has an application to how we train our leaders. Instead of using one method or medium for training, what if it was broken up into bite-size chunks that can reach people where they already are?

A short video that can be watched in less than 3 minutes on a mobile device.

A twitter account that is dedicated to 2-3 leadership thoughts a day.

2-3 recommended books a year, that are followed up with summary blog posts for further discussion.

Whatever we produce, it has to be mobile friendly. If it can’t be consumed on a phone/tablet, it probably won’t be consumed.  It might be time to rethink what leadership training looks like in a completely mobile world.


About Chris Surratt

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris's first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.

Posted on December 9, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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