With a clear sense of calling, he worked diligently to fulfill his mission. He arrived early and went home late. The pastor readily accepted new tasks and opportunities. But as his vision and passion grew, his to-do list increased as well. The pastor prided himself on his ability to get things done. He was a doer!
For a while, things were great. He loved his job. “What else could be more fulfilling”, he thought. Yet, over time the pressure began to mount. As his stress level rose, he became increasingly frustrated. “Why is there so much to do, and why don’t I have any help”, he asked. The pastor was overwhelmed. He had reached his limit.
This pastor of course, is me…and probably you.
Do you ever:
The answer is found in learning how to delegate authority and responsibility. The inability to delegate properly is the main reason many leaders fail.
But if you are anything like me, you have struggled with delegation. I have had days filled with immense frustration because I felt as if there was no one to help. To be honest, I did have help available. Our church is blessed with elders, deacons, staff, department leaders, and many wonderful volunteers. So why am I overwhelmed with ministry tasks when there are gifted and willing people around me?
The answer to our struggle is found within. Take an honest look at yourself. Do any of the following apply to you? We struggle with delegation because:
I will admit I have struggled with most of these thoughts, but I have discovered delegation is a skill that can be learned. Here are some immediate steps you can take to become better at delegation.
Today’s assignment: Take out a sheet of paper. Draw a vertical line down the middle. In the left column write a list of your primary responsibilities (These are things no one else can or should do). In the right column write a list of EVERYTHING you currently do. Very quickly you will determine which task could be delegated.
Question: What have you learned about the art of delegation? You can leave a comment below.
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Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past
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