21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 9 : SAC and the Leadership
A. Devotion - Exodus 18:21
Dwight Lyman Moody, an American evangelist, once said "it is better to set a hundred men to work than to do the work of a hundred men".
No one leader can alone lead and manage a church. Effective delegation through appointments of able and Godly individuals is itself the exercise of leadership, not the abandoning of it. This is the advice that Jethro, Moses's father-in-law, offered to him whilst he was leading the Israelites in Exodus. It is inasmuch the responsibility of the leader who makes the appointment and the individuals appointed by that leader to honour and accept the delegation by faith in Christ.
St Andrew's Church exemplifies leadership following Jethro's advice - there are elders, adult, youth and even children led leaders who are actively present in weekly sermons, foundational class, cell group meetings and even in their daily interaction within the congregation. Members are able to observe apparent delegations of leaders who are selected to lead in different ministries under the supervision of Reverend Johnny Chin. Albeit diverse in their individualities, they exude capability, possess God-fearing character and a heart to lead and serve God.
By faith, the selection criteria was the next step in effective delegation for Moses. Delegation fails if the job is not put into the hands of able, Godly men or women. Only particular men or women are were fit for a certain area of ministry. With Godly wisdom, delegated leadership ensures effective sharing of the Word of God and further reinforces leadership amongst the members. Paul gave the same counsel to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2 "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others".
We are ever thankful to our Lord and Saviour that He entrusts good and effective leaders to lead St. Andrew's Church.
B. Application / Self-reflection
- From God's perspective, what do you think makes an effective leader in church?
- In what area of ministry do you think you could exercise delegated authority within the church?