Overextended leaders not only find themselves in line for potential burnout, but also promote underuse of others. When a leader does too much of the work, it tends to stifle others from getting involved. Even when you are doing it because nobody seems to be stepping up, you will enable people to stay where they are if you jump in too quickly and do it yourself.
Why Church Leaders Who Overextend Themselves Block InterdependenceYou are sending out the wrong message:
- People don't have to do their part because you will pick up the slack.
- The professionals can take care of what needs to be done.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)Hence, as a leader you need to learn to delegate and function in ways that promote interdependence. Teaching about God's design for the body will do little if they observe you doing otherwise.
The Steering the Church Toward Body Life Leadership Guide breaks down Exodus 18:13-27 to look at Moses who overextended himself in his leadership role but learned to get others involved.
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