Help Others Serve: Briefly Pondering Delegation in the Early Church

If you're willing to read the New Testament, you can see that the productivity concept of delegation is present in the early life of the Church.

Delegating Work

Productivity experts talk about the importance of delegating work

For example: In The Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman identifies delegation as one of the 4 Methods of Completion.

It's true. You can't do everything yourself. You have to delegate some work to others.

Delegating Work is Characteristic of the Church

If you're Catholic, delegation is not an alien concept. Delegating work is woven into the fabric of the Church. 

Here's a reading from the book of Acts about the early Church realizing that it needs to delegate one kind of activity to a distinct group of people — the deacons:

As the number of disciples continued to grow,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
because their widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution.
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.
Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
whom we shall appoint to this task,
whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.”

Imitate the Early Church and Look for Ways to Delegate

The early Church needed to decide how to get its work of evangelizing accomplished. 

It used the technique of delegation — having the most appropriate people do a particular kind of task. Those people became deacons, the "seven reputable men" mentioned in Acts.

The lesson? Not everyone needs to be doing everything.

Look for ways that others can help to serve in a project that you're all working on.