“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.” Matthew 6:12-13
Choosing the twelve was a significant leadership decision.
These twelve would be the core group that Jesus would invest in the most. His focus was on teaching and training them to establish the church after he was gone.
Jesus knew his time was short. He had limited time to teach a group of leaders how to carry on his work on Earth.
While he went about his ministry, he also was strategically building into and investing in this group.
He modeled for us what it looks like to invest in others. He displayed what it looks like to do the work we’re called to do while also developing others along the way.
None of us know when our season will end. In our modern world, career change is common and we must constantly think about who we’re preparing to take over for us when we’re gone.
The first step in succession is careful selection.
The verse above says that Jesus spent the entire night before he selected the twelve praying. It doesn’t say that choosing the twelve was his only topic of prayer but given that the first action he took after his night of prayer was gathering the disciples and naming the twelve, it’s a safe assumption that praying about who those twelve should be was likely a key part of his prayer time.
Prayerfully selecting our teams is essential. Many of us in the haste and pace of our lives hurry to add staff members without counting the long term cost of that selection.
Building teams is a critical responsibility for every leader.
How much time, attention and prayer are you devoting to selecting your core team?