Leadership development is a process, and we grow in stages. This chart illustrates that process. The more intentionally churches identify the key behaviors, skills and knowledge a person acquires or needs for each stage, the more helpful the church is at providing training for that person. It is also important to realize that movement from one stage to another requires a decision. This choice is catalyzed by a challenge or proposal to develop. Churches help people progress by providing environments which invite steps for greater spiritual growth.