A big part of disciplemaking is to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. This multiplication approach is necessary for the proliferation of the gospel around the world. A key process is to develop the leaders within your church. In Exodus 18, Moses’ father in law, Jethro, rebuked Moses for not empowering others for leadership. Specifically, he rebuked Moses for spending all his time judging disputes.
A key leadership principle is delegation, or to give others the responsibility to do the things that they are able to do. The Delegation Principle is: Do what only you can do, delegate the rest to others. This allows you to focus your time and energy on the big picture, while training others to be leaders as well. I find this works very well in the church.
Some wise counsel I received early in my ministry is to never do anything by yourself if you can take someone with you. Obviously, there are times when discretion is necessary, so you must go alone. But many times you can take someone with you to help you with the work. This allows the person to see how you conduct your ministry, and allows you to mentor the person. When I take people with me, I often use an equipping approach to get them engaged in ministry quickly. The approach is that I model the ministry the first time, the young believer watches. The second time, I do the ministry, the young believer helps. The third time, the young believer does the ministry and I help. Finally, the fourth time, the young believer does the ministry and I watch. Using this process, I encourage the young believer to take others with him/her and do the same thing.
This is but one approach to developing leaders. We will be discussing this topic frequently this year. What have you found that works well in your ministry context?