Few steps in leadership are more difficult than stepping aside.
The continuous battle for leaders is doing the work themselves. We tend to think if the job is going to get done right, then we might as well do it ourselves.
This mindset, however, will not yield the development of others in leadership. We find this true at ever level, and it is certainly the case within the church.
Consistent to a majority of leadership development material, the idea of multiplying or duplicating leaders is critical to the growth and success of any organization.
Biblically, Jesus went about with the same purpose. Thus, we find the apostles involved in the same activity of leadership development.
In order for leaders to step aside, they must deal with pride. They must learn to allow others to make the same mistakes they made in the beginning. They must trust in the process.
Again, stepping aside is not easy to do, but if the church is to have leaders to serve as elders, deacons, teachers, preachers, etc., then this step is essential. The benefits far outweigh the challenges.