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Why Bother Empowering People?

Why Bother Empowering People?

By Rich Kirkpatrick on September 04, 2014

If we want the right to lead, we need to see changed lives as what qualifies us, not popularity, talent, or profit.

Developing people is a must, and my book – The Six Hats of the Worship Leader – is designed to give you some tools and ideas that will help you grow your teams.

We live in an age where things change. So, we have to navigate more than just what happens during a worship set. There’s a lot more than Sunday to worry about. Right?

Not too many of us who lead worship, do it solo. If we do, it's usually not by choice. Having a team is what makes leading a shared worship experience even more rich. (Click it to tweet it!) Also, if you are leading worship on the platform, there is no way you can run the sound, advance slides, and play several instruments at the same time. Trust me, if you are like me, you have already tried this and found that it does not work. At least, it is not sustainable, no matter how many apps help you do these tasks. 

In ministry the best solution is always a person, not a technology. (Click it to tweet it!) Even with technology, you will need a person to run it, right? God uses people who then use tools. For today’s leaders, developing people is more than just a preference; it is a must, and is clearly taught in the Bible. Developing people is both biblical and practical. 

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. -2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)

Why spend time and energy developing people? It builds the next generation.

Paul makes two points in the passage that I want to unveil.

  • We are CALLED to pass the torch. Our job is to prepare for that time when we will no longer be around. This means we are to empower others. We are not called to simply build our own position for ourselves, but for the greater good, so if from the start we develop people, our church is served.
  • It is STRATEGIC to build into others who will also build into others. Think about it. I am not that great at math, but exponential growth can happen in the small development of one person who then develops another. If we keep developing people and those people do the same, in a short time, the compound interest will mean our church has a solid base to expand and deal with the challenges of the future.

A lot of the frustration from younger people–especially leaders–is that they seem to have to plan a revolution in order to express their gifts.

This is too often true because many of us who are in the gate-keeping seats keep these positions for ourselves. But, the way to stay relevant is to build into others who will then do the same. (Click it to tweet it!) Imagine how the grass-roots focused activity of developing people developers grows in time.

Let’s stop the cycle of revolt and build an attitude of celebrating and empowering others who will take what we have done further. That sounds a lot better than starting from scratch each generation, right?


Excerpt written by Rich Kirkpatrick, author of The Six Hats of the Worship Leader. The book is available in eBook and paperback on Amazon and other outlets. 

Image courtesy of ShiftWorship.com
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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick (Guest Writer)

Rich Kirkpatrick has been a worship leader, executive-level pastor, blogger, and speaker serving the local church for over 20 years. His award-winning blog, RKblog.com, is among the top 50 Christianity blogs, awarded in 2012 as the "Best Religion Blog" from the World Media Awards, and was an editors pick in 2011 by Worship Leader Magazine in best blogs for worship leaders. 

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