Control Freaks Kill Growth

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We want to hold on tight, right? There are so many leaders that love controls and you probably know them. I know that I know them. They love control. They love to be in the spotlight, right? They want to make sure that everything is done just right. They're perfectionists. Maybe they have delegated in the past only to be burnt and let down. And so because of that, they don't let go of control. And when you don't let go of control, you are bound to not grow as a ministry leader and as a ministry. 

One of the hallmarks of a great leader is that they're always granting permission. "Yes, you can do that. Yes, you can do that." They're always giving their blessing to try something and go for it. And you know what? Just do it. But what if they mess up? 

Here's the thing: they will mess up. What if something doesn't go right? It's going to happen, something's not going to go right. But what if it's not to the level I would like for it to be? Well, you've got to get over it. I heard John Maxwell teach many years ago that if someone can do something 80% as good as he can do it, he lets them do it. Otherwise, you will never grow. You become the bottleneck at the top. You become the one that is in control, that's got to do everything. Listen, if you want your ministry to grow, you've got to give up control.

It not only makes common sense, but it's the biblical model. What did Paul say? Leaders in the church are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. We're to be equippers. We're to be delegators. We're to be constantly working ourselves out of a job, and if we don't, it's going to keep our ministry from growing.

Your #1 fan,


Ryan Frank