The word “platforming” (in leadership circles) means granting someone with authority and with the “symbols” of authority; such as positions or titles. It tells everyone that this person has significant influence in the organization.
I have written about this before here. This is something we see clearly demonstrated in the Bible.
Here are some bullet points about platforming in the church. Keep in mind, the word "platform" in this context does not mean "stage." It means authority, postion, and the symbols of authority.
- There are no shortcuts to having a platform. You have to earn it.
- No one owes you a platform.
- Sometimes someone who is trusted can help you get a platform, but you still have to deliver the goods to keep it.
- The harder you try to have a platform, the harder it is to get it.
- If you do what you’re gifted to do and you are faithful to stick with it over time, there’s a good chance you’ll have a platform.
- Not all platforms are created equal, but all have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others.
- Relationships are the foundation of a platform. If you can’t build relationships, you can’t have a platform.
- The person who yells the loudest doesn’t necessarily get the platform.
- If you never stop and listen, you probably won’t get the platform either.
- If it’s just about you, you don’t have a platform.
- You’ll lose your platform if you don’t continue to use it for positive change. You have to move people to a better place.
- You’re more likely to leverage your platform if you tell stories that engage both the head and the heart.
- You’re more likely to keep your platform if you ask questions.
- If people can’t have access to you and your daily life, your platform is probably shrinking whether you know it or not.
- Platforms are established over time and lost in an instant.
- Lots of people want a platform, but very few are gifted to have a platform and even fewer are humble enough to keep it.