The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Equipping Your Team

Bible Character: Philip

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. John 6:5-6 NIV
Philip failed the test by replying, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” John 6:7 NIV

Many of you know what happened next, there were at least 5,000 people there that day, and Jesus performed a miracle that provided enough food to feed all of them.
Philip was giving up on his duty because he believed they did not have the supplies to feed the multitude. Could the same thing be happening in our organizations?

Physical Resources

Few things can be more frustrating for associates then when they are given a task…but not the tools to perform those responsibilities. Often that frustration leads to an overall negative mindset and motivation declines quickly.
Jesus performed a miracle to provide supplies for the disciples, when sometimes all we need to do is inventory and order supplies in a timely manner.


Often it’s more than physical resources that we are not supplying to associates. Lack of pertinent information can also quickly raise the level of frustration. Jesus had his own timing and reasons for his decision, but Philip didn’t realize he was going to perform a miracle. The same is true for our organizations. Leaders must communicate changes and the reasons in a timely fashion.


Philip failed the hope test. His demeanor and thought process was not in the right frame of mind for success. We need to diligently support and develop our staff’s trust by providing the resources they need to succeed.


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