As we have seen in the previous parts of “Finding Time for God,” one of the greatest dangers is to be so busy we do not have time to spend with God, leaving us weak for the battle. This part of our series is a lesson to us all but will speak volumes for a manager or minister whose biggest issue may be that they can’t do everything and yet feel the need to. It is a common failing of many managers, and ministers, which is not being able, or worse, willing to delegate their duties to others.
It is hard enough delegating in business when it is just a management task, but it must be even harder for a Minister when it is a spiritual issue. Unfortunately, their thought processes run to questions like who can they trust, will they do it the way they would, and what if they make a mistake.
Exodus 17:12 reminds us that had Moses not accepted help from Aaron and Hur, then the Israelites would have lost the battle, as every time that Moses dropped his arms in tiredness the battle turned in the Amalekites’ favour. Not only did Aaron and Hur hold up his arms, but they put a stone under Moses so that he was able to sit down. This signifies both rest and support.
It is not just in battle that people are slow to delegate. Many managers feel they can do it faster so why put in the effort to show someone else. The problem with that theory is that they will also be doing it forever. It may take time to show someone how to do something new, but in the long run the time is well repaid when they can take over the task completely.
We can look again at the example of Moses (one of the first recorded people to suffer from time management issues). In Exodus 18:17, when he was trying to be the only judge for the whole nation of Israel, and his father-in-law says “The thing that you do is not good, you will surely wear away.” What a warning to Moses from a clearly caring father-in-law. What he said next was the first documented case of how to delegate “And you shall teach them ordinances and laws, and shall make them know the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do, and you shall look out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain. And place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”
The same applies for training up Church members to take over some of the Spiritual tasks. We are reminded in Ephesians 4:11 about the fivefold ministry of pastor, teacher, apostle, prophet and evangelist. But 4:12 is more important and often overlooked where it reminds us that the five fold ministry is for the equipping of the “saints” for the work of the ministry. Now “saints” are any Spirit-filled member of the congregation. So if the Church leader has invested the time in the congregation then even Spiritual tasks can be delegated
Now whether a minister, or a manager, before any task can be handed over there are some considerations that must be taken into account:
1. Do you trust the person and do they trust you?
2. Have they got sufficient development and skill to do the tasks, and if it is a spiritual task, we are reminded in 1 Timothy 3:6 that he or she must not be a novice or a recent convert?
3. Do they show sufficient accountability for their actions?
Clearly, the key to success is the investment of time we put into our staff or congregation and the realisation that we will have to release some of the work. We will in some instances have to teach them how to do the tasks, and we may have to spend time following them up and adjusting their actions to get it right, however, If we don’t we are likely to burn out or worse fail to hear the still small voice sending the warnings of issues we need to be aware of and deal with or there could be consequences.
Bill Allen is a Speaker, trainer, glass breaker, copywriter and virtual sales manager. He has a passion for effectiveness and efficiency, which he used to great effect as both the Event Director of the Christian Resources Exhibition, the Head of Sales for the Bible Societies book publishing division and whilst still running his own consultancy – The Business Improvement Specialist.
He has a passion for helping individuals, company leaders and companies to improve in all aspects of their business and life. He offers one to one coaching, gives seminars or training courses on his effectiveness and efficiency course for Christians known as “Finding Time for God”.
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