Level 10 is the peak of Development operations, and it involves a team’s leadership choosing to formally dedicate a portion of their time toward professional Development. By becoming Part-Time Development staff with their organization, the leader fully hands over nearly all of the local Development responsibilities to their team and Development Council.
The time and energy this shift creates is redirected toward managing an official caseload of partners. This caseload includes all major partner connections made thus far and may be supplemented by your organization with new partners for you to connect with. While your team and Development Council handle all funding at a local level, your part-time role becomes to encourage giving outside of your local team by finding new opportunities for your partners.
5 LANES OF DEVELOPMENT
Most committed partners form a Development Council to share the load of developing partners for the ministry.
At least 1 large, in-person gathering of partners and smaller strategic gatherings.
Inviting partners to regional, national, or international AIC events.
Reporting of gifts.
Lifting partners to see new giving opportunities beyond your team.
In addition to all past strategies, personalized reports are given for every major gift given to your ministry.
Visibility online and through events.
Partners share positive experiences after engagement.
This level doesn't look the same for every team. The snapshot of the 5 Lanes of Development (above) might perfectly reflect your team's current Development operations, but there's probably at least one area that doesn't fit. In those areas, your team might seem to be further along than this Level or perhaps still catching up. That's okay!
That said some things are true of most teams at this stage. Here's a brief list of things that are probably true of your team if you're at this level:
Team Leader considering a shift toward being a part-time Development Rep
Team & Development Council handle all ongoing Development operations
Focusing on lifting major partners to new, larger needs and opportunities
Fully handing off Development responsibilities from leader to team and Development Council
Creating an official caseload of partners with your ministry
Pursuing professional Development training for leadership
For the most part, you and your team won't experience any significant problems at this level. That said the largest concern for any leader should be setting her or his team up for success after they have moved on.
If you left your role today, what would your team's Development efforts look like 5 years from now? Many teams reach a high level of Development with one leader, but regress in the years after they leave.
POTENTIAL NEXT STEPS