Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Information, Inspiration and Delegation

  • Jim Townsley
  • Apr 18, 2019

There are three specific steps to motivate people. The first step is information. Without information people have nothing to act upon. Information is a necessary first step, however, too much knowledge or an overemphasis on knowledge can puff someone up with pride. Consider, though, that knowledge is necessary for salvation and knowledge is necessary to know the will of God.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. - - Proverbs 1:7. It is every pastor’s responsibility to give members the knowledge of the Bible so that they can apply it to their lives. A pastor is a “pastor teacher” as well as a leader. Christians do need to have a knowledge of the Bible. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee . . . - - Hosea 4:6 

As new believers grow in grace they will need to be inspired to use their knowledge. Action must be inspired by the pastor of the church. The Bible states we are to be “doers of the Word.” A friend of mine once said, “We must not bore people with the truth.” We have the greatest message in the world and preachers need to show people that it is the greatest message in the world. Salvation is life changing and it means we will live eternally in heaven as well as escape the wrath of hell. That’s something to get excited about! The Bible states, “. . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  - - John 10:10. We must be enthusiastic about church planting because enthusiasm is infectious. There will be down days and discouraging times in the ministry but people need encouragement and we must be prepared every day to provide it.

Much is expected of the pastor of the church and one of his greatest responsibilities is to train leaders and delegate responsibilities to them. Pastors make a huge mistake if they fail to train others. Delegation is a skill that must be learned and developed. A pastor need not control every detail in the function of the church but through delegation much more can be completed and more people will be trained to be leaders. Many times it would be easier to just do something yourself but in the end that mindset limits what can be accomplished. Training leaders and trusting them to carry out their duties is a must in every ministry. The more people get involved the more committed they will be to the Lord and the church. Every member that begins to serve will become stronger in their walk with the Lord. Keep in mind that there must be qualifications for specific jobs but if they meet the qualifications their help should be solicited.

As leadership is delegated it should also be monitored. We must inspect what we expect. If we give clear guidelines we must follow up to assure these guidelines are being followed. If the guidelines are not being followed more training may be needed or in some instances those people may have their responsibilities removed, which should only be done as a last resort. 

These three steps of information, inspiration and delegation should be implemented in that order. You don’t want members inspired to work without knowledge and you don’t want to delegate authority to them if they don’t know what you want them to do. Let’s be diligent to motivate our people through information, inspiration and delegation.