Leadership Balancing Act
One of the challenges of leadership is balancing two primary aspects to good leadership. One aspect is doing a good job using the skills, gifts and abilities God has given you. This can be things like preaching or teaching well, caring for hurting people, or organizing a new ministry or outreach. The other aspect of good leadership is empowering others in their gifts and abilities.
Doing a good job of doing your job is certainly an important part of leadership. Demonstrating competence in your field of ministry gives people confidence in following you and responding to your influence as a leader. Having looked at many pastors’ job descriptions, I would guess that the expectation of most churches is that at least 75% to 85% of the pastor’s time is spent doing a good job of ministry.
However if we as leaders only do our job well and see everyone else as accessories to our success, we will never be able to build a sustainable ministry that lives on with vitality long after we’re gone.
Ephesians 4 says that the role of the primary leaders in the church (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers) is to train the saints as servants so that the body of Christ might be built up. To me that says that pastors and other leaders need to shift the balance of ministry toward empowering others in their calling. It takes an intentional effort (and some would say “an act of congress”) to prioritize our time to empower others and raise up leaders for the future.
Here are some coaching questions to help you maximize time to empower others.
1) On a scale of 1-10, how deep is your passion for empowering others (even if you don’t get the recognition or receive the benefit)?
2) Who are you specifically working with to see them succeed and grow in all God has called them to be and do?
3) What are you consciously doing to model reproducible character and skills for others?
4) What ministry activities might you use to train up others for the work of service to build up the body of Christ?
5) What changes need to be made in the way you spend your time in order to better develop and resource others?
Where is the balance in your ministry? Share with us the struggles and successes you have in shifting the balance toward empowering others.
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