Asking and empowering others to serve with you in ministry offers your congregation a distinct voice that is more comprehensive than any voice you could have offered individually.
Asking others to invest their creative abilities in the planning, preparation, and implementation of the ministries of your church doesn’t diminish your leadership influence it actually elevates it. When leaders leverage all available resources by asking for help it is a sign of leadership strength, not weakness.
A leader that holds onto the reigns of ministry as a creative gatekeeper in order to receive the credit when something works will also receive the credit when something doesn’t. Not asking others to join with you in ministry may be an indication that you are more concerned with guarding territory than equipping saints to do ministry.
Asking for help provides…
Filters – To sift through the various ideas allowing usable materials to surface and ineffectual materials to be discarded.
Buffers – To moderate confusion or conflict by representing the various cultures and contexts of your congregation.
Advocates – To expand the level of communication to and encourage buy-in from numerous circles of influence.
Encouragers – To inspire and embolden you as the leader, each other as collaborators, and the entire congregation as participants.
Evaluators – To celebrate and reassess after each week from an environment of brutal honesty but also profound trust.
No individual leader has enough creativity, insight or endurance to plan, prepare and lead multigenerational and multicultural congregations week after week with the same level of spiritual depth and creative tenacity each and every time. Attempting it alone without asking for help will eventually kill the leader and the congregation. Both may be slow deaths, but still terminal.