Every day we hear stories of how God is using Vision to help people lift their eyes off the problems and pressures and ‘cast their cares’ on Him.
Greetings! As we come toward the end of a challenging year and set our sights on better things to come in 2021, this Scripture continues to come to mind for me. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 ESV It’s certainly been a year filled with tribulation, but the …Read More
Dear friends, The events of 2020 have us hungering for things we’ve previously taken for granted. Like interstate travel—remember when that was a thing? The COVID pandemic has shown how the things we take for granted can change in an instant, and stirring a deep yearning for truth, hope and connectedness in many. I suspect …Read More
Dear friends, Have you ever had a Scripture jump off the page like this? 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the …Read More
Phil, Robbo and Becci reflect on some of the powerful stories that Vision family members shared during Visionathon.
‘If God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.’ Exodus 18:23 NLT
In Exodus we read: ‘Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said…“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… But select capable men… Have them serve as judges… That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain.”’ (Exodus 18:13–23 NIV)
When Jenni Catron was the executive director of a fast-growing church, she said: ‘As a performance-based people-pleaser, I know how Moses must have felt. Quick growth and multiplying campuses put me in a situation where I was trying to lead and manage everything. In the process, I’d become worn out and frustrated. What I was doing wasn’t healthy for our team and the church. In the weeks that followed, we reorganised our staff, empowered leaders with more authority, and developed a pipeline for training and development at all levels. As leaders we must resist the temptation to be heroes and handle it all ourselves. It’s critical to re-evaluate your leadership structure at least once a year. Ministry leadership is tough… but there are things you can do to develop others and spread the responsibility.’
It takes prayer, humility, and patience to develop the right people. But if you delegate wisely, you’ll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people around you will benefit. It’s a win/win for everybody!
SoulFood: Jos 8:30–10:43, John 16:12–18, Ps 2, Pro 28:25–28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020