The 2 People You Gotta Have In Your Life

by | Sep 1, 2012 | Church Leadership

“Show me the people that you are investing in right now, and I’ll tell you where you will be in five years”

I had a mentor of mine tell me that several years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it. It rings truer and truer everyday. I was reminded of this when reading this passage the other day…

The Lord said to Elijah…anoint Elisha to succeed you as prophet. So Elijah went from there and found Elisha…Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.

Then (Elisha) left to follow and assist Elijah. ~1 Kings 19

The One Replacing You

Every leader MUST have at least one person they are “throwing their cloak” over in order to teach them, and replace them when it’s time for them to move on.

This should be a person(s) that God has directed to you, and you to them. Don’t leave such a great choice up to your own “wisdom.”

The One Training You

Everyone of us has to have mature experienced leaders that we give permission to speak real hard hitting truth into our lives. We have to be transparent, open and willing to answer the hard questions. We give these permission to see us for who we really are, and never become offended or defensive.

So, answer these two questions:

Who are you throwing you cloak over right now?

Who are you following and learning from?

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Artie Davis

Artie Davis is the Founding Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. Cornerstone is an International multi-site & multi-ethnic church with locations in the US & Liberia, West Africa. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Artie was a successful entrepreneur and has a passion for coaching and multiplying leaders and writes about it almost exclusively on his blog, He is also the founder and Director of a church planting movement called the Its passion is to partner and plant “life-giving” & “ethnically reflective” churches in smaller cities & communities. Artie is also the Executive Director of, a national gathering movement for leaders and pastors in smaller cities. Internationally, Artie is Co-Founder of Think Liberia (USA), a partnering organization that helps meet physical, medical and spiritual needs of those in the West African nation of Liberia. Artie is married to his life-partner, best friend & wife Georgie. They live in SC, and have three children.