I read this little exercept from John C. Maxwell about the leader’s job of equipping others this morning. This was really timely for me this week, so I thought I would share…
Equipping is a tough job, much harder than shepherding. The leader is to equip others for ministry. Paul explains the goal for the shepherd (Eph. 4:12) and the goal of the sheep (4:13), then describes the result (4:14-16).
If leaders wish to equip their people, they must give them certain gifts:
1) I must CARE for them (Communication, Affirmation, Recognition, and Example)
2) I must work on their weaknesses, but work out their strengths.
3) I must give them myself (time, energy, and focus).
4) I must give them ownership of the ministry.
5) I must become a resource person (atmosphere, training, support, tools).
6) I must make expectations clear.
7) I must eliminate unnecessary burdens.
8 ) I must catch them doing something good, then reward them.
As I read this list there are definitely some that I do ok, but there are others that I just don’t do well. How about you? Which one or two of these tips do you need to consider with your team?