"Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you
who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will
turn this responsibility over to them and will give our
attention to prayer and the ministry of the word" - Acts 6:3-4.
As the early church grew, the apostles did not have an organizational problem in this passage; they had a people problem. They had too much work and not enough people. Rather than take on more work themselves, they opted to identify new workers. Leaders must face the challenge of how to organize their work not only when they start, but as they and the organization grow. The answer is not always to do more or less, but to put the right people in the right places doing the things they do best.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Today is a good day to do a staff assessment or an analysis of your own workload. Prepare to do a time inventory for your team (and yourself). Have them each do a time inventory log for the next week, keeping track in half hour groupings what they did every day for the week. Then have them total the amounts by category (phone, customers, reports, etc) and have a meeting to discuss the workload and whether it's time to bring on more people.