“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.” Exodus 18v21
This was a part of the Bible text with which we opened our most recent CA meeting (Project Board) this past week here in Mandritsara. As some may remember, Matt was in Tana for a board meeting in July; and there will be another meeting planned for late November back in the capital. Why so many meetings? The chief reason is the period of transition in which the project finds itself. There will be at least three very senior positions in the project, vacated over the coming weeks with the retirement of Dr Adrien and Giselle, his wife; and so the board has been meeting to pray, and to work towards finding godly and gifted individuals to take up the baton in these roles. The chairmen of the board shared a few comments as he worked through the verses, with some time spent reflecting on this verse in particular. Obviously the context is worlds away from ours, but the principles are helpful nonetheless.
Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had identified the need for his son-in-law to share the burden of leadership, and warned Moses to delegate or burn-out! Moses was wise and sufficiently humble to accept this advice and set about choosing ‘capable men’. How easy it is to focus on skills and experience and qualifications; and obviously for many roles, technical ability and knowledge are crucial!