Letting Go

It seems like the older I get, the more I have to let go of.

It is this way physically. The older you get, the less you can do and you have to let go. It takes longer to recover from a long run than when I was 18. I have to eat differently now.

Parenting is the same way. It seems like a series of letting go. As our kids get older, I give up more and more control over them.

Leadership is the same way. The longer you lead and the larger your church grows, the more you let go of.

This is definitely what is happening in my life right now and what God is teaching me. I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently as we are in the process of moving to a new facility for Revolution. When Revolution started, Katie and I were involved in everything. From the printing, set up, greeting, first impressions, signs. Everything. In a way, it was kind of nice because I got to do things the way I wanted them done.

As our church has grown, we have raised up more and more leaders. To the point that we have a large leadership team overseeing a variety of teams. The other night we had a meeting about the move. I sat there looking at the list of tasks (numbering in the 30’s) of things that needed to be done for us to be ready to have a service there on July 17th. My name was next to 3 things. And 1 of them was already done. In fact, I wasn’t even leading the meeting. Paul was (as he is in charge of the move).

Now, this is a good thing because this is our plan at Revolution. By having the team we have, it frees me up to do what only I can do.

But, just because it is a good plan does not make it easy. Letting go is hard in any avenue of life, but as a leader, it is essential for you to take the next step and for your church to take the next step.

Like parenting, health and leadership. When you let go, you hope that you have done a good job of preparing those you are letting go of to do what they need to do. When my kids are grown and leave the house, hopefully I have taught them well and prepared them for what lies ahead. As a leader, when you let go, you find out if you have done a good job of leading and preparing people to lead. This is why many leaders don’t let go.

Craig Groeschel has two great blog posts about what a leader needs to “know”:  letting go of the need to know and what a leader doesn’t know.

Why do you think letting go is so hard to do?

2 thoughts on “Letting Go

  1. Saw this as a response to Groeschel’s post and thought it summed the process up rather nicely.

    1. I do, you watch
    2. I do, you help
    3. You do, I help
    4. You do, I watch
    5. You do, I do something different

    I can get to #3 pretty easily, but moving through to #5 is really tough. I haven’t really “let go” if I can’t get all the way down the list though. It’s both a freeing and tough part of good leadership as other leaders are raised up and things on my “not to do” list can really get checked off.

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