The Art of Delegation
Sermon shared by Brent Baker
Summary: Delegation is a wonderful thing and as we continue to grow, delegation is going to be a necessity. through the story of Moses we can see just how important it really is.
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
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Moses the Prince of Leadership
The Art of Delegation
Lisaís Brother Greg and his wife Tammie have 6 children and one on the way or is it 7 children and one on the way. I donít remember. But I have to stop and wonder how people manage large families? Today we get stressed out with one or two. How do they make it with so many? Greg and Tammie make it by using the secret of delegation. Their older kids help with the younger ones. It is amazing to watch their family in action. Everyone has a job to do, from the youngest ones to the oldest, even if it is just putting the plates on the table for dinner or taking out the trash. The secret is that everyone helps Mom and Dad and everyone has a job to do.
Delegation is a wonderful thing and as we continue to grow, delegation is going to be a necessity. I have been in churches where the minister has had to do everything, from preaching and teaching to leading the choir, cleaning the bathrooms, mowing the yard and on and on. Delegation is important to the growth of the church because it gets more and more people involved in the ministry. That is why it is so important that we continue to have and add ministry teams. You have heard the saying many hands make light work. Well, if any place that this statement is true is in the church. That is why we need every member involved in a ministry of some kind.
Now, many of you are leaders in companies and other aspects of this community and at the beginning you may be involved in most every aspect of the work, but if you donít learn to recruit and train others you are going to get burned out in the process. Boyleís law says, ďIf uncontrolled, work always flows to the most competent person until he submerges.Ē Thatís why in this final sermon on Moses, the prince of leadership, we are going to talk about delegating responsibility.
This principle of delegation is encouraged throughout the Bible. In Acts, the Apostles delegated work to 7 deacons so they cold focus more on the spiritual matters of the church. In Ephesians 4 God appointed some to be church leaders. 1 Timothy 5 says that a leader should be able to mange his own household well so he can manage the church. 2 Timothy 2:2 says that Timothy was to entrust to others what he had learned so they could teach others.
All through the Bible we are told to delegate so they will learn to be responsible too. Thatís what Moses had to learn when he led the Israelites out of Egypt. Finally they were free and if you didnít know the story then you would expect it to say and they went to the land of promise and lived happily ever after but thatís not what happened. Moses had all kinds of problems that tried his patience. He had administrative duties and judicial duties and an endless line of people who had so many petty problems. The burden became intolerable and he was on the verge of burnout but God taught Moses what to do through his father-in-law Jethro. So I want us to look at Mosesí frustration, his instructions from Jethro and then draw some conclusions that I hope will be helpful.
Letís begin with Mosesí frustration. The source is found in Exodus 18:13: ďThe next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening.Ē He was trying to counsel
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