The other day I was talking to someone who was saying how when they were leading singles they had so many people coming to events. That the person leading their ministry now didn't seem to have as much interest. That when they were, they were...I was about to scream. I wanted so bad to remind them that when they led, they NEVER delegated, never disciple, never trained anyone to do it for themselves and as a result actually handicap folks. Then eventually they got burned out because everyone looked to them for everything. Their burning out even led to anger. Hmmm, is this God's direction for us? To get burned out? If we burn out then how does the work get done? What they didn't realize is the ministry she was referring to today was actually growing in a ton of ways. That numbers of people don't always reflect growth. Especially in a social environment. It has to be what is happening with each person. Well, I kept my mouth shut and if you know me, you know that was very hard. LOL. But what they didn't understand is the value of delegating, teaching other, etc..is what is more important.
Why is it so important?
Sharing with folks what you know to help them do the work that God has led them to do is invaluable. To help them see the dreams God has given them. To help train them so they can in turn do the job but hopefully with their own flair. And remember, they may not do it your way and its OK. So what their idea of tablecloths is plastic or a contemporary music is only Jeremy Camp. Perhaps they put prayer at the end or bring boxed cookies vs. home baked. Perhaps they feel led to lead singles to CHrist in a way that works for them because of where God has them. Perhaps their way isn't wrong, its just not yours. AND, aren't you happy there aren't a million of YOU running around. Sure, we want their to be people like you and me who think delegating and discipleship is critical but we don't want them to be just like us. The world would be so boring.
I love to delegate, to train, to disciple. I love to see God build ministry through the hands of many people. When people create something, they own it. When they own it they grow it. When they grow it, you can then move on to other things and leave others in charge. Wow, what a relief to know God will continue to work through that ministry. But realize too, even if, even if someone takes over and it fails. It's OK because that is apart of ministry too. Failure, change, restarting, restoration, etc...
Do some people drive you nuts? Do some people simply can not do what they are ask to do? Do some people fail? Failure that might even reflect on your leadership? Yes! But that is the chance I will take to help grow people in Christ. Because once upon a time someone did that for me. I am so thankful.
Remember, Nehemiah could have never built the wall in 52 days if he never learned to empower others. And what is cool when you see others grow, it shows the power of Christ using you to help others. Wow, and that is priceless.
Nehemiah 6:15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.