“If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions.” 1 Timothy 3:1
The best way (actually the only way) to empower people is to evaluate them. By giving inexperienced people too much authority you are setting them up for failure. The same can be true of people with lots of experience. If you move too slowly, they’ll become frustrated and you run the risk of losing them (and their giftings).
In 1898, Albert Einstein applied to Munich Technical Institute for admission and was rejected. They said, “He would never amount to much.” Instead of school, he worked as an inspector at the Swiss Patent Office and during his free time refined the theory of relativity.
As leaders, we must believe that everyone has the potential to succeed. It is our job the help develop their potential. Consider these three areas regarding those you’re attempting to promote:
1. Knowledge - Think about what people need to know in order to do anything you intend to give them.
2. Skill - Nothing is more frustrating than being asked to do something for which you have no ability.
3. Desire - no amount of skill, knowledge, or potential can help a person succeed if he doesn’t have the desire to be successful.
It’s easier to PROMOTE than to DEMOTE! Be careful because people’s feelings and your reputation is at stake!