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The Liberation of Talent


Keith Tucci

NRP Apostolic Team Leader

When I teach on leadership, I often use the phrase, “Leadership is the liberation of talent.” I’m not sure where I picked that up on my journey, but I know it to be true.

Good visionary leaders draw gifts out of people--gifts that might otherwise be on the sideline if not drawn out.

I was reading Exodus 31 about the details of the tabernacle. As God told and showed Moses all the fine points, there is no mention of the “how” it was going to happen. The “what” and the “why” were clearly established.

Exodus 31:6

And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you.

I noticed that “they” make “all I have commanded you.” Not you do it all! The point here is that Moses had to paint the picture of the tabernacle and its furnishings. He had to deliver it the same way he received it.

The stewardship of vision always proceeds the imparting of the vision.

Exodus 31:2- 3

See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship.

While God was giving Moses the “why” and “what,” He was putting in the heart of skilled people the desire to use that skill for the Kingdom! Moses had to draw it out--no pun intended. (Moses means “drawn out.”) Moses liberated the talent in these men’s hearts to use their skills to build the Kingdom!

Let me make a crazy statement: All the skill you need to go to the next level or make the next step is staring you in the face on Sunday morning. By sowing the vision, giving the details (the “whys” and “whats”), I believe we liberate the “hows.”

Too often we wait for ready-made pieces to show up and tell us where they fit. We need to employ and liberate people's hearts to put their skills to work. For example, do you have a strong vision for worship? Of course you do! When and how often do you talk about it? I’ve witnessed in our ministry people who came forth with musical gifts that had been dormant. I’ve seen unskilled people get passionate and become skilled in worship leading. God put something in their heart that needed to be liberated! The stewardship of the vision did that. I’ve seen it happen with missions, small groups, pro life, and the call to five-fold ministry.

Tell the story. Give the details. Paint the picture. Liberate the gifts. Empower the church. Draw them out.

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