I am currently reading "Organic Leadership" by Neil Cole, and he expounds on a point he made in "Search & Rescue" which I found extremely interesting, and I'm still wrestling with in my head. He says that the main difference in churches that have plenty of leaders vs. those that don't, is in how they get new leaders. He says it's that churches that struggle recruit their leaders, but that this is not an addition strategy, it's actually a subtraction strategy. Why? Because it's taking leaders away from one ministry to serve in another.
Instead, he says we need to farm leaders--develop people when they first begin to follow Jesus, disciple them, and as a natural result of discipleship, they will want to jump in on God's mission. So we need to start with discipleship (farming), not recruiting.
I realize this is a very limited summary of what Neil takes the appropriate time to set up, so I hope it doesn't do his point any injustice. But based on this, or maybe what you've read and tried--is he on the right track? Do we need more farming and less recruiting?
Where do you end up finding most leaders, specifically small group leaders?