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Delegating Tasks In the Small Church: Two Options and Six Lessons
When there's little help available, we can either do fewer activities or train more disciples. Here are six ways I learned to do both.

5. Assess and Hone Your Delegation Skills

So, according to Ecclesiastes – not to mention the examples of Jesus, Paul, Moses and others – delegation and teamwork aren’t just helpful, they’re a biblical imperative. According to the Apostle Paul, one of the pastor’s primary responsibilities is to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Eph 4:11-12)

There’s no excuse. Small church pastors need to learn how to delegate better.

Yes, I understand that there are a lot of mundane tasks that small church pastors just have to do. There’s no getting around that. And the last thing I want to do to an already overwhelmed, guilt-ridden pastor is to add another brick to your load. But we have to face the reality that a lack of volunteers is not always the congregation’s fault.

Small church pastors need to become better delegators.

Small church pastors need to become better delegators.


As I described in Mentoring Is Better than Curriculum: Seven Steps to Better Discipleship, training better leaders starts with better mentoring.

No matter how small our church is, how burdened we are, or how impossible the task of training volunteers to do the work of ministry seems, not delegating is not an option.

I’ll close by passing on some of the wisest counsel I’ve ever received in pastoral ministry.

6. Delegate, Pastor. Delegate.

My deacon was right.

It may be hard to delegate. Especially when it seems like there’s no one to delegate to. But it’s easier – and more biblical – than not delegating at all.

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August 31, 2015 at 2:46 AM

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