January 06, 2021 · Bob Gass
“You’ll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands…and the people…will flourish also.” Exodus 18:23 TM
In Exodus we read, “Moses took his seat…as judge…the people…stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all Moses was doing…he said…‘What you are doing is not good. You…will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy…you cannot handle it alone…select capable men…Have them serve as judges…because they will share it with you…you will be able to stand the strain” (vv. 13-23 NIV). An executive director of a fast-growing church says, “As a performance-based people-pleaser, I know how Moses must have felt. Quick growth and multiplying campuses put me in a situation where I was trying to lead and manage everything. In the process, I’d become worn out and frustrated. What I was doing wasn’t healthy for our team and the church. In the weeks that followed, we reorganized our staff, empowered leaders with more authority, and developed a pipeline for training and development at all levels. As leaders, we must resist the temptation to be heroes and handle it all ourselves. It’s critical to re-evaluate your leadership structure at least once a year. Ministry leadership is tough…but there are things you can do to develop others and spread the responsibility.” It takes prayer, humility, and patience to develop the right people. But “if you handle the work this way, you’ll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people…will flourish also.” It’s a win/win for everybody!