Summary: Have you ever wondered why some organizations seem to languish in mediocrity? In the early days of the church, the apostles learned how to delegate responsibilities so they were not sidetracked from their major ministries.
1. Have you ever wondered why some organizations seem to languish in mediocrity?
Quote; Poor delegation leads to jealousy, mistrust and ineffectiveness.
Example: In the early days of the church, the apostles learned how to delegate responsibilities so they were not sidetracked from their major ministries.
They said, "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
Often procedural problems, interpersonal conflicts or poor organizational skills hinder the growth of the church.
Quote; The best delegation takes into consideration the gifts, callings and needs of every person in each organization.
Uppermost in the minds of the apostles was the necessity of maintaining the preaching of the word of God and prayer. Many Pastors deal with petty issues that hinder them from accomplishing God’s highest ministries. Be careful that social, physical or counseling ministries do not overshadow your greatest focus on God’s priorities of seeking first His kingdom and righteousness.
Application: Do not use delegation as an excuse to become lazy or irresponsible in your tasks of diligently presenting the truth of God’s word every week to your people.
Application: Trust the Lord to help you to be guided in the planning, organizing and implementation of your delegations.
2. The apostles saw to it that the men delegated to take care of widows were properly equipped. When you delegate be sure that you provide the people with sufficient authority, guidance and backing to help them accomplish their assignment. Many people soon become frustrated when they sense that they are not adequately supported in what they were sent to accomplish. Support people by affirming them as God has encouraged you according to Phil. 2:1,2.
Application: Trust God to help your people sense your serving support.
3. Avoid any tendency to delegate positions in the church that give honorary position without any real serving function.
Do not choose people simply for their social, economic or political standing in the community. Be sure that your people are spiritually qualified before delegating responsibility to them. Deacons need to be honest believers who have a good reputation, are trustworthy, highly esteemed, not impulsive, dignified, honorable, wise, serious, not double-tongued, not given to drunkenness, not greedy for money, and controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Application: Trust the Lord to help you to find spiritually qualified people before trying to delegate responsibilities to them.
4. Notice that the church appointed, chose and delegated the tasks not just the Pastor. When there is a congregational involvement in the delegation process there will be much greater effectiveness and contentment with the results.
Application: Resist the temptation to do all the delegating by yourself or you might end up being looked upon as an authoritarian leader.
Application: Trust the Lord to help your congregation have a positive influence in the delegating of the various ministry tasks of the church.