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Needing Others

When God chooses to bring us to Himself (Ephesians 1:4), He brings us into community.  We are not brought into relationship with Him to simply remain alone in our own room to live out our faith by ourselves.    We are called to be part of a community; the people of God who belong to Him.  Our life in Him is understood and lived out in community with others.” This is my free translation of quote from an article by Paul Wells, professor of systematic theology at a seminary in southern France.

A worker needs to constantly have a learning posture.  We never reach the end of what we need to know or learn as it relates to our life and our work.  Over the past month, I found myself submerged by a host of details and activities that I needed to do. A good friend was gracious enough to point out that I was failing to delegate to others work that they could share and accomplish in more fruitful and timely ways.  I was not living out my life in Him in community.

Delegation means we entrust someone else with work that we believe we should do.  Yet delegation is a means to develop others and further the resources available to carry out God’s mission.  Delegation is not ‘just getting stuff off of one’s plate.’  Delegation is an expression of living out one’s life in God in community, and includes several elements:

  • Define the task – Confirm in your own mind that the task is suitable to be delegated.
  • Select the individual or team – What are your reasons for delegating to this person or team? What are they going to get out of it? What are you going to get out of it?
  • Assess ability and training needs – Is the other person or team of people capable of doing the task? Do they understand what needs to be done.
  • State required results – What must be achieved? Clarify understanding by getting feedback from the other person.
  • Support and communicate
  • Feedback on results – It is essential to let the person know how they are doing, and whether they have achieved their
    aims.

Even as he chose us in him before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him
.”

(Ephesians 1:4)

4 Responses

  1. Good word to us, David, and I really liked the questions at the end.

    • It’s something that the Lord was working on me about during vacation. The friend I mentioned in the post shared his insight just before vacation, and the more I ‘unwound’ from all the work, I began to see the wisdom in his insight. There is always more learning ahead!

  2. Really appreciate this post!!! Especially the list at the end about how to choose delegated activities and be sure you are sharing them well.

    • I think one of the hardest things with delegation is the follow up; helping the person to whom to you have delegated to understand the task and then to provide feedback to further develop them as a result. Too often we are afraid to give feedback because we don’t believe it will somehow damage the relationship rather than strengthen it as we learn from one another.

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