I’ve recently been on youth camp training and find it a really useful exercise in church leadership. The two guys who run our camp think structurally and do a really excellent job of delegating all the tasks required to run the week. In this way, camp is a microcosm of church life.
Here’s another quote from Carson Pue from Mentoring Leaders on the link between vision and delegation:
1. Does the organization currently have a comprehensive ministry plan or some form of long-range strategic plan?
2. Do you belong to a denomination or larger coalition that also has a strategic plan your leadership fits into?
3. Do your team members have individual plans that help them with their focus for the year?
4. Do you meet regularly with your individual team members to review their progress toward their part of the overall plan?
5. Do you meet with your team regularly to review overall progress toward the plan?
6. When a specific step is created, do you make sure it doesn’t fall between the cracks of day-to-day busyness?
7. Are you in the practice of building your relationships with your staff around the steps that have been mutually identified? For example, do you bring the vision back into performance reviews, staff meetings, or congregational meetings?
8. How do you feel about releasing control for steps and passing along responsibility to others?
9. Are the steps for the plan set by all of your key staff and stakeholders rather than just by you?
10. Do you praise your staff team freely when they accomplish their steps?
If leaders answer these questions positively, they probably require little help in this area of their leadership. However, that has not been my experience with most ministry leaders.
After stating the vision, each leader should ask of each of his staff team, “What do I expect this person to do?” Each member of the team should be able to answer the question, “What does the ministry expect of me?”
If a leader and his team members can answer these questions completely and with considerable detail, they are part of a ministry that will have few interpersonal and operational difficulties.
The establishment of steps toward a vision works best when they are part of a larger strategic plan. For the majority of churches and smaller organizations, the plan should set out some objectives for the first few years. Having these in place will set the foundation for short-term goals. In very small churches or organizations, the leader should sit down with a mentor and perhaps some key individuals and write down where he sees the ministry going. Try to describe the ministry as you see it today, and how it should be evolving as you pursue the vision.