Alone, You Will Burn Out. It Will Happen.

Don’t be a Moses.

“Don’t be a Moses?” you think. “But Moses was an incredible leader!”

Yeah, an incredible leader who almost burned out.

Until Jethro stepped in.

In Exodus 18, Jethro came to Moses to see about everything that had been going on. And he was impressed.

But when he saw that Moses spent all day leading alone, he was not impressed:

“What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”

Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”

Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.” (Exodus 18:14–18)

The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.

If there are truths to write on the doorframe of your church office, that’s one of them.

How to raise up more leaders

You might be thinking:

  • Yeah, good luck finding leaders in my church.
  • I don’t have time to develop other leaders.
  • I’ve tried that before . . . it didn’t go well.

We hear you. Raising up leaders isn’t easy. There are no magic formulas, and sometimes things blow up.

But there are some simple strategies that work, are manageable, and mitigate risk.

We’ve collaborated with 95Network to write a free guide for how to raise up new leaders, offering tips you can start using today no matter your church’s size.

You’ll learn:

  • Why leadership training is essential for every church
  • Which five traits every potential leader must have
  • How to train leaders that won’t burn out
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Written by
Matthew Boffey

Matthew Boffey (MDiv, Trinity International University) is the pastor of worship at Christ Church Bellingham. He is also editor-in-chief of Ministry Team magazine, has edited several books, and has written for several blogs and publications, including Relevant online, the Logos blog, and the Faithlife blog.

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