The “Fortune Cookie” Approach to Leadership

Bob FranquizLeadership

Apart from a sodium-laden Asian meal, fortune cookies aren’t all that tasty. However, after some General Tso’s Chicken, a fortune cookie can hit the spot!

My kids (4 & 2) love fortune cookies, but mostly they love the messages they get inside each tasty treat.

Fortunes like…

“Something you lost will soon turn up.”

“A firm friendship will prove the foundation on your success in life.”

“The road to riches is paved with homework.”

Something like that.

Church leadership should have a “Fortune cookie” effect. There should be something at the core that you you’re looking forward to and can’t get anywhere else.

Too often, people leave churches because they get to the core of the church only to find there’s nothing there. There’s no further discipleship, training or investment.

At Calvary, we always say that the core is where the best stuff is. That’s why people nearly trample each other to get into our leadership development groups. (They’re only available by “Invitation only”, but there’s a tremendous ‘buzz’ in our church about the discipleship that happens in them).

Here’s the point: learn the lesson of the fortune cookie. Have something for those who are most committed to your church that they can’t get anywhere else. This will not only grow your current leaders, it will also cause you to raise up new leaders who wan to be developed.

Creating a system for leadership development is what we’re going to be talking about in Leadership Ninja.

It’s a 6-month coaching network designed to turn your church into a factory for producing leaders.

We’re starting in less than 3 weeks and there’s only 8 spots left.

So if you’re interested, grab your chopsticks and head over to