What a Pastor Can’t Delegate

By Shannon O'Dell / Posted on 28 April 2009

follow-the-leaderI was thinking today that I have the best staff on the planet. I take 12 office mornings in April to chase turkeys and the staff gets it done!! There are some things though, as a pastor you will never be able to delegate. No matter how large your staff becomes or how small as the bishop/pastor/shepherd/leader you must carry these details. Churches will grow and explode when a pastor excepts and thoroughly executes these:

- The Vision
You cannot and will not be able to delegate the vision of the church. Only the pastor has and receives God’s vision for His church. That is why you must have an ecclesiology that allows your organization to be fluid and ready for growth. So many churches are hamstrung by paralytic forces in the church like… committees, disloyal leadership, and political maneuvering. Pastor, share your vision and lead your vision. Watch your staff, leaders and congregants grab hold of BIG vision and direction.
- Staffing and Leadership Selections
If a staff member cannot undergird the pastor’s vision he or she will be ineffective. The pastor needs to be in the details of each hire and fire of staff or key church leaders. There are many thoughts of how to do this, but at BNC we are learning that I must get right in the middle of it at some point and sooner is better than later.
- Raising Capital
Financially yes, but also capital within a ministry area. If a particular ministry area desire to succeed the pastor must announce and market that ministry area. An event or ministry experience that gets attention is the one that the pastor is supporting from the stage. Raising the influence of your staff happens with job performance, but also by the support given publicly from the pastor.
- Your Integrity
Your character is up to you. This is not given because you pastor, but because you are pastored by God’s Holy Spirit daily. Integrity is the true measure of what will happen in an through your church. You can’t go where your integrity won’t take you. You have to be wholly His, and Holy.

I have heard it said many times in just six years…”focus on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses.” Pastor/Leader you cannot be weak in these areas or your church/organization could suffer greatly.

Let me know what you are thinking…





There are 5 Comments about this post

  1. Dwayne says,

    Thats a good post and very good and sound advice. I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying and it is sad when there are many pastors that do just the opposite. What is even sadder, is that in some local churches, the staff or deacons or whatever you want to call them, delegates to the Pastor what they want him to do. God bless you Brother! Hey, I graduate from LRU next month, but not able to go to the commencement. Thanks for recommending me to go there. Seminary starts in just a few weeks also. Now, we will really get down to business!

    In Christ,



    on 28 April 2009 / 3:28 PM

  2. Pastor says,

    Dwayne, you agree with Pastor Shannon that ONLY THE PASTOR has and receives God’s vision for His church. If you do than you need to read God’s word again. The pastor is God’s representative and agent on earth and holds the same position and authority in the church. Accordingly, the senior pastor shall not interfere intentionally or unintentionally with the day-today affairs of the churches except as counselor, advisor, administrator or when deemed necessary for the well being of the congregation.

    Matthew 7
    For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

    Matthew 28
    18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
    19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
    20.Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    1 Samuel 3
    7. Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.

    1 Peter 4
    10. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
    11. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    1 Corinthians 2
    12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
    13. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
    14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.


    on 02 May 2009 / 12:07 PM

    • What passage is “Accordingly, the senior pastor shall not interfere intentionally or unintentionally with the day-today affairs of the churches except as counselor, advisor, administrator or when deemed necessary for the well being of the congregation….”?

      Bishop is a calling from God to rightly divide The Word of Truth and 1 Timothy 3 and 4 will state clearly the leadership God gives his bishops to lead His church until He returns. There is a greater requirement for those of us who are called and a greater vision for His church to those called.

      Thank you so much for participating with us on this site!


      on 02 May 2009 / 2:25 PM

      • Pastor says,

        That is right Pastor Shannon, but you stated that “Only the pastor has and receives God’s vision for His church”.No where in the scripture does it state what you are saying. It states that all who honor Him and Follow with every part of their heart, mind, soul and strength.



        on 02 May 2009 / 6:01 PM

  3. Pastor says,

    Pastor Shannon, with what purpose is it that you are telling people that only the pastor is the one that gets to receive a vision for his church, and by doing so you are telling them that in a way if they need a vision from God they have to go through a pastor. They are a part of God’s church, they are included in God’s vision. Just by your quote, your are sounding like a pastor who likes control over all. Also, I now have listened to many of your sermons on the internet and I only heard just maybe a hand full of times that you talked about people being Saved. I hear the phrase, changing peoples lives, not people being Saved, and you talk about how many that are being Baptized. By just saying you Baptized this many or that many does not really say that they are Saved. Just dipping someone on water does not mean they are Saved. Being baptized in water is a way that people tell the public I believe, not I am Saved. Being saved and having a personal relationship with Jesus and sharing that love with others is saying that you are Saved. Being truly Baptized is being Baptized in the Holy Spirit.


    on 05 May 2009 / 5:16 AM


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