1 YOU HAVE MORE TIME! We see in Acts chapter 6 that a growing church presented challenges for the twelve Apostles. Their answer was to empower & release new leaders to fulfill these responsibilities…
“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in 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 and sisters, 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 6:1-4
I led our youth worship team for the first 9 months we were here out of necessity. Once we built the team up enough, we chose & released one of our young musicians named “Kayla” to become our youth worship leader! We equipped her to lead worship, oversee the team & duplicate herself by training up an assistant worship leader. Two years later, we now have two different worship teams & a lot more time to pray, study the word, dream, cast vision & lead leaders!
2 YOU ATTRACT MORE LEADERS! When the Apostles realized that they couldn’t do & weren’t called to do everything, suddenly their core leadership team grew from 12 to 19 in a moment!
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. Acts 6:5-6
We recently launched small groups to be part of our weekly youth experience twice per month! This meant we needed to train our leadership team how to pastor & lead our students in these groups effectively. The result has been our leaders growing & bonding with our students like never before & now we have new leaders coming out of the woodwork who want to join our team & help lead these groups! When you empower your leaders to truly lead, you will attract more leaders who will want to jump on board!
3 YOU EQUIP YOUR LEADERS TO FULFILL THEIR DESTINY! When the Apostles empowered the seven young leaders to take the lead in caring for the widows, they gave them the equipping needed to prepare them for the greater assignments God had for them later! One of the seven was “Philip,” who went from bus-boy in chapter 6 to the leader of a massive city-wide revival in chapter 8!
“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.” Acts 8:4-8
One of our interns named “Marvin” feels God calling him to be a Youth Pastor. So over the past year we have been equipping him to do everything that we know how to do – from event planning, to leading small groups to teaching! When God opens the door, Marvin will be ready to fulfill his destiny!
4 YOU REACH MORE PEOPLE! The end result of the Apostles empowering their leaders was way more people being reached with the gospel!
“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7
One of our leaders came to us with a vision to launch a ministry called “Sports Sundays” that meets twice per month in the park to play various sports & end with a time of prayer & a quick Bible devotion. This past Sunday was one of largest attended, with many new students playing sports, building relationships & hearing the gospel that may not have otherwise!
It pays to empower your leaders!!