members expect their pastors to be supermen. They must
be preacher, leader, business manager, caring pastor,
active community member, and more. Of course, the
standard is often impossibly high. The wise pastor can
multiply his ministry by involving others in working
toward the mission of the church.
to Paid Staff Members
In many churches the
pastor leads a staff team. It is reasonable that he
should delegate to the church staff.
delegation occurs, the pastor and staff members must
have covenanted together to (1) do the work of the
church, (2) be committed to one another in a
relationship of trust, and (3) be committed to personal
growth in the love of Christ.
Delegating to staff
members should be based on job descriptions that give
staff members a sense of confidence in areas of
responsibility. Since the pastor is the leader of the
church, the job descriptions should be developed with
the pastor as supervisor. Larger staffs may be organized
with different levels of staff supervision, but the
pastor is the leader of the church staff.
and evaluation must also be practiced if delegating is
to be effective. Weekly staff meeting, or team meeting,
is a good time for reporting and evaluation.
pastors find delegation difficult. Delegation is a skill
that must be learned and practiced. Here are a few
attitudes to be overcome.
Inability to let
go.— In a small but growing church the pastor
has always led the Sunday School. As the church grows
and the need for a minister of education becomes
apparent, the pastor may resist letting someone else
lead the Sunday School.
Lack of confidence.—
If the pastor doubts the competency of the staff, he may
find it easier to do the task himself. It would be
better for the pastor to equip and train the staff
Fear of competition.— Most
pastors have inside them a desire to achieve. Some
pastors don't delegate because they want to look good in
comparison to the staff.
Lack of time.—
It's ironic, but true. Some pastors decide, It would be
quicker to do this myself than to teach someone else to
do it. Yes, growing people takes time, but it is a
Tips for Successful Delegating
to Staff Members or Volunteers
agreement.— Determine the task to be done and how
accountability will be carried out.
right person.— An effective delegator will
match people with tasks. Consider the skills and
abilities of the person, but don't forget to pray.
Seek to motivate.— Use encouragement
freely. Publicly acknowledge those who are doing a good
Develop understanding.— Make sure what is
delegated is fully understood. Give clear, simple
Allow for mistakes.—
The person who makes no mistakes is not attempting
anything challenging or worthwhile. Hold volunteers and
staff members accountable, but allow for inevitable
Growing, gifted, skilled people will enjoy taking some
initiative in new actions. Encourage this in those to
whom you delegate.
Don't give up on the person to whom authority is
delegated. Bless them with enough time to find their way
Expect results.— No
need to apologize. If you have enough confidence in
people to delegate a task to them, let them know that
you expect them to succeed.
(Adapted from Brooks
Faulkner, Getting on Top of Your Work, A Manual for the