Today, I want to talk to you about your time and effectiveness as a leader. Now, in most churches, there are three categories of development. There’s dumping. There’s delegating. And there’s developing.
If you are commanding others to do things in your ministry or strongly telling them exactly where you want them to be and what you want them to do, you are not a developer. You are a dumper. You are just dumping information to get jobs done. You don’t care about the person or the position. You are just filling a hole.
If you are teaching and training others, that’s a little bit better. You are actually delegating. You care about the person. You care about the role and the responsibilities. You are matching those people up and assigning them well, but development requires something more.
If you want to get someone to the next level and actually focus on their development, you must begin to coach and model to them. This is a higher form of development. The reason why most people don’t do this is because it takes extra time. It takes extra energy and everything that goes along with it. It’s often easier to command and tell in the short term. And while it might be better if you can train and teach, ultimately if you want to get things done on a long-term basis and want to be a good leader, you want to develop people.
However, you can’t truly develop someone unless you are spending that intentional time coaching and modeling to them exactly what you want them to do. In the long run, it takes you and them more time, but it’s very much more effective.
So now that you understand the differences between dumping, delegating, and developing, what are you going to do about it?