Empower Your Leaders

The Power of Trust

You have gifted leaders on staff who share your vision and have the passion and skills to carry it out. But do you let them? Do you give them the freedom to build and grow, or do you keep them in a box of assigned tasks? Listen as Spence Shelton shares in three videos how to let go of control to create a culture of trust, care, and growth. Spence Shelton is the Lead Pastor at Mercy Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the co-author of The People of God, as well as two small group studies with Tim Keller. 

Who are your best leaders on staff and what sets them apart? How do you empower them to take ownership and lead their respective ministries? What else could you do?
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What area of ministry is the hardest for you to give up control and trust others to lead? What role do fear and pride play in that struggle? How did Spence encourage you?
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Even Moses needed leadership counsel. Read the passage below before considering the following question.

Exodus 18:17-21 (ESV)

17Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good.18You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.19Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God,20and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do.21Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What area of ministry leaves you weary? Who could you ask for help, and what might that look like?
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In the next video, listen as Spence describes how an open-door policy communicates trust and influences culture.  

When is your door open for staff questions and feedback? Does this work for you and your team? Why or why not?
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How else could you be more approachable and open to critical feedback? How might that influence team culture?
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In this final video, listen as Spence shares how to invest in the growth of your best leaders and welcome their goodbyes. 

How have you seen God grow "9/10" leaders on your ministry staff and then call them to other churches and ministries? Do you welcome their goodbyes, or avoid them? Why?
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In what ways do you train, mentor, and inspire young leaders on your team? How else could you invest in their growth?
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Trust is powerful. Even when your leaders do not know what to do, your trust communicates care and empowers them to dream, build, and grow. There is no telling the impact they can have when given the freedom to do their best and come to you with questions and concerns. Pray about cultivating this culture of trust and growth on your team.