By Making a Plan: 6:2-4
Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Let’s examine the plan for leadership
- Step 1: Seek out from among you seven men:
- Good reputation
- Full of the Holy Spirit
- Full of wisdom
- Step 2: WE will appoint them:
- To administrate the meals and be certain they are properly distributed.
- Take care of the widows meal needs.
- Step 3: Apostles (pastoral leadership) devote themselves back to prayer and the Word.
Be sure to communicate the plan clearly and know that, as much as is possible, everyone understands. Some will NEVER understand but be sure that everyone who cares, does. I am not sure which is more important – making the plan or communicating the plan to followers. There must be a clear plan for choosing leaders and for leading, and that plan must be communicated to those whom you are leading.
In a recent article in Preaching.com, pastor John A. Huffman, Jr. told a story about communication that had been shared with him. In this account, communication is the key.
“A school superintendent told his assistant superintendent the following: "Next Thursday morning at 10:30, Halley's Comet will appear over this area. This is an event which occurs only once every seventy-five years. Call the school principals and have them assemble their teachers and classes on their athletic fields and explain this phenomenon to them. If it rains, then cancel the day's observation and have the classes meet in the auditorium to see a film about the comet."
Assistant superintendent to school principals: "By order of the superintendent of schools, next Thursday at 10:30 Halley's Comet will appear over your athletic field. If it rains, then cancel the day's classes and report to the auditorium with your teachers and students where you will be shown films, a phenomenal event which occurs only once every seventy-five years.
Principals to teachers: "By order of the phenomenal superintendent of schools, at 10:30 next Thursday Halley's Comet will appear in the auditorium. In case of rain over the athletic field, the superintendent will give another order--something which occurs only once every seventy-five years.
Teachers to students: "Next Thursday at 10:30 the superintendent of schools will appear in our school auditorium with Halley's Comet; something which occurs once every seventy-five years. If it rains, the superintendent will cancel the comet and will order us out to our phenomenal athletic field."
Students to parents: "When it rains next Thursday at 10:30 over the school athletic field, the phenomenal seventy-five-year-old superintendent of schools will cancel all classes and appear before the school in the auditorium accompanied by Bill Haley and the Comets."
As God leads and empowers, my desire is that the placing, direction, function, and plan of our leadership be clearly communicated so that all the church body knows. As God leads us, we want to put leaders in place for that purpose.