Delegation Biblically Illustrated

Delegation Biblically Illustrated
Boyton J. Miller

I As A Leader You Should Be Leading Your People, Not Doing Their Jobs

II People Can Be Great Servants, But Poor Leaders

III Getting Other People Involved Doing A Portion Of Your Job Is Called Delegation

IV The Best Illustration Of This In The Bible Is The Jethro-Moses Model Of Delegation

Examine Exodus 18:13-27

A Moses was a great servant, but a poor delegator at this stage in his life (v. 13)

B Jethro, his father-in-law, saw how this was not good for Moses (v. 14, 17)

C Moses explained he worked night and day because he had to help the people when they come to him (v. 16)

D Jethro told him this was too great a burden to bear alone (v. 18)

E Jethro told Moses as the leader he needed to pray for the people (v. 19)

F Moses was also told he needed to teach the people (v. 20)

G Moses should show the people the way (v. 20)

H Moses should show them the work (v. 20)

I Jethro explained to Moses he should organize them into manageable groups according to their degree of ability (v. 21)

J Moses choose qualified men (v. 21)

K Moses gave them authority to lead those under him (v. 21, 22)

L These delegated leaders were to handle the small matters (routine) (v. 22, 26)

M They were to bring the great matters and hard causes to Moses (v. 22, 26)

N This took much of the pressure of leadership off Moses so he could operate more efficiently (v. 22)

O Moses saw the wisdom of delegation as taught to him by his father-in-law (v. 24)

P Moses put delegation into place (v. 25)

V We As Leaders In The Ministry Must Be Convinced This Delegation Is A Part Of Being A Successful Leader

Note: Please study the next lecture on delegation presented to me as a staff member by Dr. Ron Schaffer. This lecture convinced me I needed to develop others under me in order to expand my ministry. The truth Dr. Schaffer taught me changed my ministry then and now.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”