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June 10, 2007 / David Lindner

Replace Yourself

Replacing Myself

Andy Stanley and the staff of North Point Community Church talk about the idea of Replacing yourself. It’s the idea that you should always be training someone to do what you do. We should always have someone that we are apprenticing, training and teaching to do what we do. This is part of discipleship.

This morning I had the opportunity to be a part of this. A young man in our church led worship this morning. I usually lead worship, but I got to step back and just play guitar while he led. It was great to be a part of his leading worship and watch this young man who has really grown up in Christ lead our congregation in worship.

In the past I’ve had him lead, but I’ve always been off-stage, watching him and just letting him do it on his own. This morning I was a part of his leadership. There are things you don’t learn about someone just by watching them do something, you need to be a part of it. This is a critical part of replacing myself. I can’t just have someone take my place, but I need to be a part of their leadership. In doing so, I can encourage them, build rapport with them and then I will have a better understanding of what they might need to work on.

I’m learning a lot about leadership, I know that I need to replace myself, so that I can free myself to do the things I do best.

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