We are a nation and a world desperate for men and women of God to lead. Today you begin or continue that journey. As Joshua directed the people of Israel I also direct you, “Choose this day who you will serve.” As leaders in this modern world we can be tempted to follow the latest fad or chase after money, fame or power. Will you serve those idols or will you choose to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
Read Nehemiah chapter 7
The theme of chapter 7 Delegation
In many ways Gospel Rescue Mission in 2015 was a bi-plane. While looking pretty awesome it really does not create much of a threat in our modern era. What I was assigned to do was to change this bi-plane into a jet fighter while the plane was in flight. Oh, the important piece. Don’t crash while doing this transition.
The key to success was to have someone flying the plane while someone else is changing out parts. There needed to be lots of communication as we went along to ensure that all of the parts were working as designed. While the plane dipped and dropped from time to time, we never crashed and are now an effective jet fighter.
Even as a jet fighter we need to work with each other and others to make the most effective use of this newly designed organization.
We learn from Nehemiah in chapter 7 that we must give instructions to those that we delegate to. Don’t just dump tasks on them that you don’t want to do which is how most leaders delegate.
How much instruction will your followers need? Well, that depends on the person and the task. Get to know your people. Discover their strengths and weaknesses. Seek out their special talents.
Nehemiah took stock of the concerns of the people. As you are delegating decide which tasks that you can delegate. Some things you must do yourself. Things like casting vision and direction always will be in our court as the leader. Also remember that you can delegate the task but ultimately all responsibility is on you.
A great place to start in your practice of delegation is to have your team brainstorm possible issues. Listen to how they think and what they seem to be more passionate about. This will show you who and where you can delegate.
Nehemiah took stock of all of the available resources. Include that in your planning process.
Finally for this lesson, bring the people together and share the plan with them.
- Give authority to the leaders.
- Ask from the top for sacrifice.
- Give the resources to those you are delegating to.