I’ve spent the morning reading and researching some lectures that I shall deliver early next year for The Light Projects foundation degree in Theology and Evangelism.
In my reading I came across this simple table on empowering or exploiting. It may be way old to you, but wow, it really challenged me in how I lead and what I do as a Baptist minister.
In what way do I prefer the ease of managing and control of the second list, rather than the permission giving life of the first. Challenging…
How to empower others How to exploit others
let them function give them functions
believe in them make them believe in you
delegate authority require submission
further God’s plan for them make them part of your plans
invest in them use them
love them and say so love the task more than the people
give them what you have take what they have
discuss with them preach at them
spend time freely with them require appointments
give them the keys now hold back until you retire
serve them let them serve you
praise them accept their praise graciously
transfer masterhood to them demonstrate masterhood to them
Taken from Wolfgang Simson, Houses That Change the World: The Return of the House Churches (Emmelsbull, Germany: C & P Publishing, 1999), 32-37.
In a way the list encourages me as I consider those who have studied with us and what they’ve gone on to achieve, not building our own kind of light project empire, but rather launching into doing what God has called them to do…