I have been thinking a lot lately about our role in where we fit with purpose and to be most effective. I keep hearing the word, “Empower”. This word means to give authority to someone, make confident and permit. How do we empower people when we consider ourselves a leader? Empowerment won’t work if Pastors or leaders feel threatened by a loss of authority in which this sometimes takes time to adjust. We want people to realize their potential and act on what God has given them. How do we empower people?
- Empowerment entails a more fundamental change than mere delegation.
- First your culture has to adjust, then people have to be developed to overcome their fear of acting without your approval.
- Many people are already able to take all the responsibility you can give them.
- Get people to realize how much power they have already – through their specialist skills and knowledge.
- The hardest part of empowerment is changing old habits and the willingness to let go of the past.
- Trust takes time to build – regular feedback – build confidence.
- When reluctant people continue to look to you for decisions, ask them what they think they should do.
- Support and praise good ideas before questioning aspects that are unworkable.
- Give them space to do things differently from how you would do them.
- Ensure that people leave your presence feeling good about something and more confident to decide in future.
- Recognize their power, talents, gifts and motivate them to channel it productively.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that in some way I can empower people through the Holy Spirit, to activate and encourage others to go forth and use their gifts and talents without fear or reservation. I thank you for the leadership skills and wisdom you give us to lead your people for your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.