Don’t do it all yourself—here's how to delegate the work.

EPHESIANS 4:11-14 - "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming."

Selecting and training leaders is where you make it or break it in the ministry. As leaders we either must do it ourselves or have it done. We are to select faithful people to pour our lives into, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others"(2 Timothy 2:2).

D.L. Moody once said, "I would rather put a thousand men to work than do the work of a thousand men."

It is a credit to you if you can learn to divide the labor and not be a prima-donna.

If God is calling you to lead, then do it with diligence! Don't give up! Romans 12:8 "if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."

Steps to Proper Delegation:


  • Written Job Descriptions are helpful. It is important for the person to participate in the job description authorship.


  • Encourage and support the person. Back him or her up when the going gets rough. Challenge them to valiant effort.


  • Time frame and completion date. Written or oral report. Observe the person, and give feedback on performance.

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