Letting Go

Leadership //

Some say that it is for the vast riches, others some say its the schedule, and still more claim its the lack of criticism…

Ok, nobody says any of that about ministry but it is still a job that we fall in love with – it is a joy. That joy, however, also makes it hard to let go. We teach youth or children because we love doing it. We play silly games or spend time hanging out with kids because it is a passion.

But that passion also makes it hard to let go. Leaders of ministries can easily get caught up in the doing of tasks (because we love them) and forget that we’re really called to encourage and equip. Sure, servant leaders also do, but every time we give ourselves over to doing, we’re limiting our ability to see God work through others.

Often I fear delegating for two reasons: I love to do that task and I want it done a certain way. Often it is both of those at the same time. Chances are, you’re the same way – not delegating because you’re afraid they won’t do it the way that you want.

You’re probably right.

But you should hand over the task anyhow. When you delegate you generally wind up with two possibilities (success and failure) and both a great outcomes.

If they fail it gives you a chance to help them learn. First, they learn how that task can not be accomplished. Secondly, you have a chance to show them how to respond with grace in difficult situations. Failure can often be one of the best teaching and learning moments all around if you handle it as a learning situation rather than a situation of panic.

If they succeed they have the joy of accomplishing what you’ve asked of them. More so, you generally learn the biggest lesson – God has you. I have so many stories where I have reluctantly handed off a task only to see it come back bigger and better than I could expect. When you hand off authority as well as responsibilities you’ll be amazed at what can happen.





About the Author

Jesse and his wife, Teri, will celebrate 20 years of marriage in May of 2012 and are raising two growing sons, Kevin and Alex. After moving from the DC metro area in 2008 they adopted a mastiff named Book and slobber became a way of life. In his spare time, you may find Jesse enjoying photography, biking, or simply watching a movie or reading. Jesse is a graduate of Cohort K from Bethel Seminary’s CFM program and serves as the Children and Family Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda.