Delegation is not about “dumping” tasks on others or about choosing the good projects for yourself and delegating the mundane or difficult. Delegation is about systematically assessing your work, identifying areas that can be done by others, and delegating in a systematic and process oriented manner. Delegation is more than a time management tool, it is also a motivational tool. Yes, it will save you time and increase your effectiveness. But what you delegate, someone else ends up doing. It becomes an advantage to the recipient of the ministry as well as to you. By delegating, you show your faith and trust in your staff and volunteers. You provide them with opportunities for growth and development. If you’re overburdened, you probably aren’t delegating properly. The fact of the matter is, successful leaders know how to delegate and do it freely. Studies have shown that leaders fail because of poor delegation more than from any other cause. And sadly, most of these failures aren’t because leaders don’t understand the principles of delegation. It is because they are unable or unwilling to put them into practice. So, what is Delegation? Delegation is simply the assigning of specific duties to others. But that tells only part of the story. There is more to it.
Delegation also includes:
• Responsibility. This is the obligation to perform any activities necessary to achieve the specified result.
• Authority. This is the right and power to issue orders, act, and make decisions in relation to the duty.
- Bill Marriott, Sr. said, “Don’t do anything someone else can do for you.”
- Matthew 10:1 “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority.”
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Published on Sunday, December 25, 2011 @ 6:18 PM CDT
Resistance Is Inevitable
Most pastors forget a critical principle of leading change: Church ministries don’t change; people do. We tend to think of our change initiatives in broad terms like, “We are redesigning the small group ministry.” However, many of your leaders think of it differently. They may be wondering, “Do I keep ministering to my group or not?” To implement sustained change, we must translate our initiatives into a list of implications for each individual who will be affected. This is a key reason why change strategies almost always take longer than we think they will. When you consider individual change, you must consider the reality of resistance.
Many pastors naively assume that if people like a change or think it is a good idea, they will not resist it. This assumption is a bad one because all significant change is a disruption in our expectations about the future. This disruption causes a loss of control feeling, and people will resist this loss of control—even if they think the change is a sound one. During these times it is important for church leaders to exercise courage as you move toward God’s vision for your church.
“Act with courage, and may the LORD be with those who do well.” 2 Chronicles 19:11
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Published on Saturday, December 24, 2011 @ 7:25 AM CDT
Hearing God’s Voice
It is important to recognize that in the final analysis, strategic planning in the church is a spiritual discipline of listening to God’s voice and intentional obedience to God’s direction for your church. In John 10:27 Jesus says that His sheep listen to His voice and follow Him. A few chapters later, Jesus likens our relationship to Him as that of a branch attached to a vine. He says that so long as we remain in Him we will produce fruit, but apart from Him we produce nothing.
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Published on Friday, December 23, 2011 @ 3:54 PM CDT