by Stan Coffey

Six Pillars of Church Growth in 2006
Stan Coffey
Exodus 18:9-10

A State of The Church message
Wherever you go on the mission fields of this world to the pastorates of this world you will find one common problem - it is a phenomenon that touches the lives of camp workers, business people, presidents of schools and teachers, pastors and staff members.

What is it? It is the problem of delegation. It occurs when leaders try to do too much on their own, when they neglect to bring others into their job to help them shoulder the load.

This is a problem that carries with it serious spiritual overtones. When you are overworked, drained and exhausted because you have not delegated your workload as you should, irritation sets in.

And following close on the heels of irritation comes confusion, a loss of vision, burn-out and tragically, even at times, the loss of family.

Some of you know that prior to my sabbatical leave this summer this is exactly how I felt, and I had no one to blame except myself. For whatever reason this seems to be a special peril connected to Christian workers.

We feel that we should labor more than anyone else to attain the approval of God and some level of spiritual maturity.

We are not alone in this problem. The lessons in Exodus chapter eighteen in the life of Moses apply to everyone. Whether you are a business professional or a Christian worker, all of us who have leadership responsibilities tend to do more than we should to accomplish our purpose.

In your typical garden-variety ant colony there are basically three kinds of ants. Queen ants who lay eggs insuring the future of the colony, male ants who fertilize eggs which is vital to the ant colony and workers who are the food finders and the nest nurturers.

Each ant does the job he is suited to and ant colonies thrive. What I am presenting to you today in a vision for 2006 has everything to do with the way the ants sustain and grow their colony.

When people functi ...

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