The Practice of Permission Giving
Hero-makers take the focus off of themselves and emphasize the leadership potential in who God has put around them. This requires that we shift from a posture of seeing others as God’s gift to our thing to seeing ourselves as a gift to others in God’s thing.
We find Jesus modeling permission giving in Matthew 4:19, “Come, follow me … and I will send you out to fish for people.” Jesus sees something within the disciples that they don’t themselves see. He is calling out of them a greater potential for Kingdom impact and giving them permission to lead.
If we want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and be leadership catalyst – a hero maker in the lives of others – we have to get good at giving permission. We need to stop and take inventory of what God has entrusted us with. Above all, we must give people permission to engage in the mission God has called them to.
Top 3 Permission Giving Resources
Resource 1 – FREE Online Assessment
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Resource 2 – Video Summary
Dave Ferguson provides a brief overview of Permission Giving.
Resource 3 – Audio Interview
Derwin Gray and Exponential President Dave Ferguson discuss the second essential practice in the hero-making process: Permission Giving. Derwin is founding/lead pastor of Transformation Church in Indian Land, South Carolina, author of multiple books, most recently The HD Leader. He’s also lead “permission-giver” at his church.
Click here to download the interview.
Interested in learning more about the journey from hero to hero maker? Over the coming weeks, I will be walking through the other essential practices, including Disciple Multiplying, Gift Activating, and Kingdom Building.