Sharing the Load
Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
One of the biggest hindrances to church growth is the inability of leaders to get others involved. One thing I have learned is that there are people who want to be involved, but leaders won’t let them get involved to the hurt of their church’s growth. Business people can also hurt the growth of their business because they won't delegate responsibilities to others, and that inability to delegate hurts the growth of a business. If a church or business is going to grow, the leaders must learn to delegate responsibilities and duties.
The early church reached a point when its growth was about to be halted. The leaders of the church were overwhelmed with the needs of the people; however, God wisely counseled them to look out men whom they could appoint over the business that needed attention. The result of the Apostles delegating responsibilities to others is that the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly. (Acts 6:7) Let me share a few critical principles about the importance of delegating.
First, you cannot do it all alone. At some point, the church’s growth will halt because you cannot do everything by yourself. One person can only do so much. However, many people involved can do a much greater work than one person can do alone. Stop trying to do everything yourself.
Second, nobody will do it like you, but they will likely do it better than you because you don't have the time to give your full attention to it. If you had the time, you likely could do what you give to others better, but because your time is full, delegating it will help you do what you could not do alone.
Third, delegating helps others to grow. People will never grow if you don't give them a chance to grow by delegating responsibilities to them. You can only grow people so much through teaching; the only other way they will grow is by doing. By delegating some of your responsibilities to others, you allow them to become more of what Christ wants them to be.
Fourth, delegating helps you do what you should do better. You can do everything, but there are some things only you are to do; delegating duties opens your time to be better focused on what you need to do. You only have so much time so imagine giving yourself more time to do what you need to do by delegating duties to others. Delegating adds time to your day by allowing you to have the time to do what you are supposed to do that you could not do had you not delegated the duty to someone else.
Fifth, the bigger the team, the greater the cause of Christ will be able to influence a community. One thing that has helped my church grow is that I have delegated duties to others, and together God is able to help us have a bigger influence in our community. If I had done everything myself, our church would have stopped growing a long time ago. My friend, for the sake of furthering the Gospel, you need to learn to delegate so that others will get involved. I know it is scary at first to delegate, but once you see the benefit of it, you will realize that you can do more if you get others involved through delegating duties.