In much of the Hispanic world there’s a concept known as the “Del Vio”—the strong man. The Del Vio is the man who is in charge, the man who calls the shots. (And yes, it’s almost always a man.) We have a good dose of the Del Vio in non-hispanic parts of the United States as well—and in the church.
Yet if we look to the reality of the scriptures, we recognize that even if we were to be that strong man, we will not live forever. We must empower others to take up the cause of Christ after we are gone.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” — 2 Timothy 2:2
To do this, we must develop others to be those reliable, qualified leaders. This is much more challenging than just getting others to do as we say. It is helping them learn to lead.