But select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain – and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Let them serve as judges for the people at all times, but let them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.’

Before moving on from this chapter, I want to highlight the important principle of delegation. No-one has big enough shoulders to be able to carry all the leadership responsibility alone. The pattern of shared leadership is evident in the New Testament. We also see there, as here, the importance of character in the appointment of leaders (elders/deacons). It’s not merely about ability to perform, but who they are as people. Yes, they must be “capable”, but they also have to be ‘trustworthy”.

In Acts  6:1-7 we see how the church further prospered when the apostles brought others into leadership, and they were able to continue with their primary roles.

“Authentic leadership is about leading from the core of who we are to inspire each of us to our best contribution toward a shared mission.”Henna Inam