The man of 1,000 jobs had to leave…


Relaxing with a leader on my recent visit.

Relaxing with a leader on my recent visit.

… in order for 1,000 workers to rise up and do those jobs.

When I was the pioneer pastor of a church and school in Guatemala, I did everything.

I was intense. If I didn’t know how to direct worship, or something, I learned and did it competently. As members trickled it, it was hard to delegate. I was unwilling to relinquish ministry.

First God allowed my voice to unravel (somewhat) and forced me to seek a substitute (even if he sang out of tune).

Then He got rid of me altogether. Threat of kidnappers forced me to return to the States, and then EVERYTHING was handed off to others.

Jesus handed off ministry after 3 1/2 years. I took almost 16.

This is God’s pattern. The only way to raise up a future generation of leaders is by letting them lead.

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10 responses to “The man of 1,000 jobs had to leave…

  1. Hard work but still smiling. You are very special and giving of your time and faith. This is so uplifting.

  2. Great read and full of wisdom.

  3. Ouch! I’ve sent out pastors, but I need to do far more right here.

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  5. That’s a hard thing to learn, but praise the Lord that He loves us and is patient, and even uses our quirks to His glory and for the benefit of others. May the Lord bless the workers whom He has raised up in your stead, and may He bless you in your new endeavors!

  6. Developing others through letting them lead is such a great leadership concept. Nice post!

  7. Am sure that lesson must have been very hard but it applies to many of us. I have an assistant but it took me a long time to delegate anything of significance. It even happens as a parent – I want my son to help me more but I don’t take the time to show him what I want done, or grumble/whine when he doesn’t carry out my instructions exactly as given (did I mention that he is a teenager??!!!). Favourite thought: “Jesus handed off ministry after 3 1/2 years. I took almost 16.” Thanks for the smile and great post!

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