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Catagory: Pastoral Skills, Chapter 5: How to increase ‘Delegation-Success’ by 70%


For most pastors, the idea of delegation is not new. We’ve all heard sermons about Jethro, Moses’ father in law, who advised Moses to release others to help him bear the load of leading God’s people.

It’s essential for the busy pastor to not only delegate, but also delegate well. You don’t want the task you’ve delegated to be handed back to you later.

Here are seventeen questions to ask before you delegate that will increase ‘Delegation-Success’ by 70%.

1.Have I adequately prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to lead me to the right person?

  1. What type of skills, giftings, and passions am I looking for in the person I choose?
  2. Who can do what I do at least 70% as well as me?
  3. Have I sought a second opinion from someone about delegating this task to this person?
  4. When will I set up a meeting to attempt to recruit this person?
  5. What information will I need to bring with me for my meeting once it’s scheduled?
  6. Who will be affected by this person’s new task?
  7. Will any of those who will be affected need to be informed ahead of time?
  8. What training will be needed for this person to succeed?
  9. What time commitment will need to be made to get them ready?
  10. What resources will they need to carry out their responsibilities?
  11. Have I communicated to them that this will be on a trial basis with a review after an agreed upon period of time? (If it’s not working for them, or for you, then they can get out gracefully.)
  12. Have I built an off-ramp? An off-ramp provides a way out. (see question 12)

Side Note: We need to provide training as to how one resigns from a ministry responsibly.

  1. How much time will I give this person to get back to me with an answer?
  2. Do I have a second choice in case this person decides against taking on this task?
  3. If the person says yes, how much time will this free up for me?
  4. Do I have a prioritized list of remaining action steps I will need to take?


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This is an excerpt from my latest book: Naked Man Running: 100 IDEAS that work in a small church. More excerpts coming! Get all 100 ideas here.

Catagory: Pastoral Skills, Chapter 2: How to be more productive and move your people in the right direction


Pastoring sometimes feels like being on a treadmill, you’re exerting a lot of energy, but you’re not going anywhere.

Just because you’re busy does not mean that you are productive. The trick is not to work harder, but smarter. In fact, the smarter you work, the less number of hours you need to be productive. It is possible to be a better pastor in less time.

To be more productive and ensure you’re moving your church in the right direction, you need to focus on ‘The Three P’s.’

Product: Your product is people. But not just any people, you’re trying to produce followers of Jesus. Few pastors would argue with this. However, if you get a group of pastors together and ask them what a ‘follower of Jesus’ looks like, you will get different answers. That’s okay. What’s not okay is having some vague idea of what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus.

I suggest you draw up a list, don’t make it too long or it will end up being unattainable, of what practices, attitudes, and focus, a follower of Jesus should have. Is it clear to you what your product is?

Preaching: Too many pastors preach without purpose. There is often no rhyme or reason to the things they decide to teach on. Whatever you are trying to produce needs to be reflected in your preaching. You preach on ‘this’ to produce ‘that.’ Are you preaching with a purpose?

Programming: Just as there needs to be a purpose to our preaching, there also needs to be a purpose to our programming. We do ‘this’ because we are trying to produce ‘that.’ Ministries or programs in your church that do not reflect or produce your ‘that,’ need to be evaluated and sometimes eliminated.

Is there anything your church does that is not producing your ‘that’?

Do you know what your product is?

Are you preaching with a purpose?

Do your programs help produce the product you want?


This might be a great topic for discussion at your next leadership team meeting.


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