Not when it comes to the church. In real life, many times. There was a quote I read years ago that you need to empower people when you delegate, but I saw that fail so many times. I learned that the principle only applies when you delegate to talented, committed, well resourced people. When they are not committed, lack skills, and have no backup/mentor, then that expression about delegation is not accurate.Have you ever struggled and struggled to understand something and finally it clicked in a way that made total sense? Kind of like what SD described with his class. When that happens to me in my professional life or in my spiritual, the feelings of clarity, light, and excitement ("burning in the bosom?") are the same. And that has often been my feelings as I've come to unorthodox conclusions for myself, through thoughtful study, pondering, and my own personal version of "prayer."
Same with the expression "Delegation takes discipline". I understand what it means no on SO many levels....those epiphanies are great, but I wouldn't call them spiritual.
I will say this -- taking the path I have taken has been a relief. First, I don't have to do so many things that I found unfulfilling and a waste of time as a TBM. I feel self-directed, and when I give money to causes, I feel like a REAL philanthropist. I love it. I used to pray in faith for things to happen, but felt like you do when you sip on a straw and the cup is empty. I don't feel that way anymore when I pray, as my prayers are not about faith or inviting the powers of heaven to rain their blessings upon me. They are about thanks and sharing my feelings and that's it -- maybe some prayers for safety for my family, but all that happens with a grain of salt. We all know evil falls on the good and the bad alike.