Summary: The first step in multiplying ministry is to invite someone to observe you doing the task you would like them to do in the future. Modeling is the most important step in successfully multiplying yourself.
The process of multiplying yourself in ministry might seem daunting. My hope is to demystify the ministry multiplication process. The first step is actually a simple one. All you need to do is invite someone to observe you do the very task you would like them to do in the future. It is just that simple. Modeling is the most important step in successfully multiplying yourself.
Pro tip: Tell them why they are observing you. If all works according to plan, they will be doing this role themselves before too long. They need to know this. There is an important and yet subtle shift that I want to happen: I want them to begin to VIEW things from the leaders standpoint and not just the participants standpoint. Sounds simple, right? Trust me, people will observe with a different perspective if they know they will be doing this at some point soon.
Years ago, I had several student teachers. I had to train them HOW to observe me teaching. It was important for them to be watching me for how I taught, knowing they would be taking on this role soon. It is important to coach your key volunteer to “put on the lense” of an observant learner. If you are teaching, have them watch the things you do and question why you do what you do. I even went so far as to have this future leader take notes with pen and paper. The first step in multiplying yourself is simply to have another watch you do what they will be doing later.