Growing into Leadership (5)

Growing into Leadership (5)

“Listen…and I will give you some advice.”                               Ex 18:19 NIV

As a leader, it’s your job to see that things get done. But as the workload grows you will have to find people with talents equal to the task; otherwise you will stop growing. So what keeps us from seeking out the right people and delegating the right tasks to them? (1) Past hurts: Somebody let us down so we’re reluctant to trust anybody. (2) Pride: We don’t want to share the credit with others. (3) Perfectionism: We are not willing to be put at risk while people with potential learn on the job, so our vision bottlenecks and everything bogs down. Moses had this problem with Israel. Here’s how he solved it: “Moses’ father-in-law replied, ‘What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice…You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him…But select capable men from all the people…and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this…you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.’ Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said” (vv.17-24 NIV). If you want to be a good leader, follow his example!

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Mata wrote:
that term means very wealthy in Vegas and ganbmilg establishments. He suggested maybe Dr. Whale is King Midas.So that would explain his comment to Charming, You're not my Prince. Because he is his own King (maybe???)And I hope Ms. Terri and Tara knew I was joking about Prince Charming and my comments (when I said Blasphemy ). I hope you can tell by my screen name I'm partial to all Princes. LOL! So just playing around with you all.

Mon, March 3, 2014 @ 6:25 AM

2. wrote:
Why Church? Let s be clear on the question. By Church, you (and the blog series creators) seem to be referring to any number of political institutions called churches in our world. I reject this definition of the word as far too narrow and limiting. The Church is the Body of Christ Universal all believers everywhere and in whatever groups they gather in. This certainly includes, but is not limited to, those institutions.The Church exists whether defined within such constructs as denominations, pastorates, parishes, buildings and meeting times or not. No institution other than Christian community is necessary for the Church to be present and active. Conversely, a church entity may exist without being in any way connected to the Body (cf. Westboro Baptist Church). In my experience, I have found more healthy, life-giving expressions of the Body of Christ outside modern church institutions over the past decade than within them. That is not to say that these institutions are all evil or corrupt (though some certainly are), but that constructs of ministry and Christian community and especially definitions of what the Church is can no longer be so narrowly defined. As long as they are, doors to dynamic, whole-life engagement of faith especially for those who inherently distrust institutional constructs will remain closed.Why Church? Because the community of faith in Christ is enormous, beautiful, diverse and essential to well-lived faith. For me, though, institutions called churches in the modernistic sense are rarely a part of the equation. Why? Because I find it far more challenging and rewarding to integrate my faith into the whole of life without those organizations. Involvement with such groups has tended, in my experience, to create unhealthy dependency, disillusionment and disappointment and a constant battle against attending The Jesus Show every week without truly seeking after and being challenged by Christ. I ve chosen to let go of that constant cognitive dissonance, the battle between faith and church politics and the false identity portrayed by most who engage in the Sunday ritual. The slope is too slippery and the price too steep if I fall into false religiosity. Instead, I find faith more vibrant when it must be constantly challenged and won, lived and breathed, sought and discovered. Churches as the modern world has defined them work for some and if you&

Tue, March 4, 2014 @ 2:16 AM

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