Leadership Principles for Everyone – Part 7

Continuing from Part 6. And this is the final post on The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur.

Leadership Principle #25: A Leader Knows How to Delegate.

How do you decide what you are willing to delegate to others? You need to have a clear understanding of your priorities. Your own priorities, not someone else’s emergencies, should determine what you do and what you delegate to others (p. 172).

For pastors, Scripture makes it crystal clear that his priorities are to the Word and prayer (Acts 6:2-4). MacArthur writes:

That simple fact seems lost on many these days. Ask the typical pulpit committee what they are looking for in a pastor, and you can practically guarantee that prayer will not be at the top of the list. Even preaching isn’t always given a very high priority. Submit a list of candidates to the typical church, and they will probably choose the candidate who is the most affable, gregarious, and sociable – someone who is willing to do lots of visitation and host lots of church socials, rather than a man who devotes himself to prayer and study. Others will look for a man with administrative or entrepreneurial talents, because they think of the church as a secular enterprise. The apostolic priorities have thus been eclipsed by other business in too many churches (pp. 172-3).

Paul told Timothy, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and treaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). This duty, like prayer, is hard work. Devoting oneself to the ministry of the Word means spending time in study. It is a total commitment. “We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). That may occasionally require the faithful pastor to neglect what seems urgent in order to do what is really essential. That can be difficult, because the demands of ministry and leadership are so great. But we must keep this priority straight (p. 174).

That is why the people in the congregation must understand that their pastor cannot attend to every need and meet every expectation of the people. And that is why a wise leader knows how to delegate.

Leadership Principle #26: A Leader is Christlike.

Typically, “Christlikeness” to many people means a minimal or warped view of “love.” What is missing in many people’s mind is Christlike holiness, purity, truth, boldness, courage, loyalty, sin-hating righteous anger, and many more.

Overall, The Book on Leadership by John MacArthur is worth your time.

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