Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.”
As leaders, we carry the amazing responsibility of raising others up to stand on level ground, and even to push them above and beyond.
In so many areas of our faith, we are encouraged to think BIG – dream big, pray big, ask big. Yet the Word also speaks to the value in paying attention to the details, the small stuff. When we delegate, when we hand over the reigns of a task or responsibility, we are discipling our team.
Delegating says, “I believe in you.”
Leading is a verb – action is required. By delegating tasks, projects, protocols, etc. to members of your staff you are doing more than taking one thing off your plate. You are acknowledging the calling on their lives.
They must act – they must receive the assignment, follow through, and of course, follow up.
Our Father calls up before He sends out. Like God saying to His people on the banks of the Jordan, “Arise,” your delegation is the confident call to action for a member of your team to ready their heart because God’s about to move… and this time it will be through them!
Delegating says, “I value your ability to lead.”
Working with Development and Leadership Coaching will bring growth to your ministry and fuel your vision. With this growth comes the inevitable challenge of growing pains; those who once wore several hats become teams of people.
Your ministry, your vision given to you by God, is meaningful and important to you. Taking on a team means risk by making yourself and your vision vulnerable to others.
As leaders, when we pass the baton we extend our confidence to someone else; our action shows them we now value who God has uniquely created them to be when we place what God has called us to create in their hands.
Delegating says, “My way is not the only way.”
Leaders must make intentional decisions. Discipleship in mentoring is unique because you live out the how rather than ask another to recite the why.
Oftentimes, God shows us potential through another’s perspective. Just because we laid the foundation does not mean we are the ones best suited to handle the drywall or fit the piping.
Proverbs speaks to the importance of continually adding to our knowledge; it encourages us as followers of Christ to aim to become a learn-it-all rather than a know-it-all.
While there is no magical one-size-fits-all approach to developing and/or implementing a mentoring program, I believe it is a valuable use of time for your ministry.
Psalm 71:18 reads, “And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.”
I look forward to hearing how you intentionally foster discipling relationships through delegation. I believe this will be a fruitful practice for many!
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