Delegation by Jethro
I’ve had a lot of discussions with our staff about the importance of delegation. Delegating to volunteers has always been a big part of our culture at Cross Point but lately it seems that this principle is more important than ever.
In the context of the church environment delegation is really about inviting people into ministry, allowing others to be a part of the work that God is doing. It would be impossible for Cross Point to reach our community the way that we should be without inviting volunteers to be a part.
One of my favorite passages of scripture that relates to delegation is Exodus 18:17-23. In this passage Jethro is busting Moses’ for trying to do it all himself.
V 17-18: So Moses’ father-in-law said to him. “The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this things is too much for you: you are not able to perform it by yourself.”
Ok, stop right there. Did you hear that? Does someone need to say this to you? Are you wearing yourself out because you are trying to do it all yourself?
Jethro goes on to instruct Moses on how to delegate:
V 21: “Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of of fifties, and rulers of tens.”
See the leadership structure that Jethro is creating for Moses here?
V 22: “So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you.”
Don’t you need someone to bear the burden with you? Who are you inviting into ministry with you? Who do you need to teach, train and empower?