When is it the right time to Delegate?
Bible Reference: The choosing of the seven
The formation of the early Church was a very busy time for the disciples. So…what did they do when widows were being overlooked for the daily distribution of food?
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:2-4
The disciples were facing the question that many leaders face…when is the right time to give more responsibilities to others?
Not Your Strength
We all have areas of strengths and weakness. We often spend much more time trying to develop our areas of weakness instead of growing our areas of strength. Many times it would be wiser to delegate that area of weakness to another individual so we can concentrate on our areas of strength.
Sometimes organizations grow at a rate that requires adding staff to take on the responsibilities of the current leaders. This is what happened in Acts, the disciples did not have the adequate time to continue with all their responsibilities. By adding Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, they were able to delegate responsibility of feeding of the widows.
The disciples knew they needed to devote their time to prayer and the ministry of the word. The entire ministry would be lost if they were not able to concentrate on these areas. By adding the seven they were now freed up to concentrate on those vital areas.