The Need for Delegation & Equipping Others

I learned a leadership lesson from John Maxwell concerning delegation.  He wrote,

Inability to delegate due to lack of time is short-term thinking.  Time lost in delegating on the front end is recovered at the back-end.

This statement revealed precisely how I view delegation.  Months ago, I feared losing valuable hours of time in the process of delegation due to the necessary training.  If I spent a large portion of time teaching a coworker or a volunteer how to perform a certain task, I would conclude that day without a feeling of closure for my own personal accomplishments.  Due to this lesson on delegation, I dread to know how much time I could have actually saved had I done a sufficient job at delegating and training coworkers and volunteers.

I am at a place in my job when the work is so much.  The needs are so much and the possibilities are endless.  I am at the point that if I don’t rethink how to do some things, certain ministry will not happen or not happen as effectively.

I want to be used well for God’s Kingdom, but what if, by my fear of delegation, I stunt other people’s development or slow down ministry?

This week is a week to rethink and revamp.

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.

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