Jesus, after selecting and to some degree preparing the 12 disciples for their mission, began moving about strategically. First, he took his product to the people; he did not wait for them to come to find him. Second, he did not go alone. He selected his partners. These were people who could vouch for him and his product, which was the good news of the kingdom. Next, he brought the 12 together in a private place and equipped them the things they would need in order to duplicate the message and the work they witnessed Jesus do. Jesus gave these 12 men power and authority to get the work done. Finally, he built capacity by selecting even more proven individuals to go out before him to prepare people’s heart to receive him.
Jesus was proactive. His strategy included teamwork, private preparation, and shared accountability. He created a system, and implemented it. Then, He left the work in the hands of his team to carry it out. We clearly see in the historical accounts that the 12 apostles did not execute flawlessly. Jesus’ strategy did not include perfectionism, but it did include a encouraging message of persistence.
As leaders we can draw from Jesus’strategy as we take on the challenges, and prepare our teams to do so as well. We can liberate our teams by equipping them for capacity and helping them embrace the idea of persistence over perfectionism. This is a leadership strategy that will build a strong team whether your work is in the ministry, marketplace or in the community.
Luke 8:1-2, 9:1-2, and 10:1-2