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Leadership in ministry is not for the faint-hearted. We only need to look around us to witness the ravages of an unrelenting war on character, on relationships, on hearts and minds. Volumes have been written on building strong churches, growing high-capacity volunteer groups, and designing creative ministries that appeal to every age. Leadership books are quick to list tips for being more effective, more charismatic, more relevant, and more dynamic. But there is little offered to help those of us who lead others to face fears with authenticity and grace. More often than not, fear is equated with weakness. And weakness is not the most popular topic over a cup of coffee or behind a pulpit.
We wonder if we would be considered weak if we confessed that we’re afraid of being inadequate or ineffective. We wonder if our own credibility would be dashed if we admitted that we battle comparison and jealousy. We wonder if we might disqualify ourselves from leadership if we came clean about the struggles that still get the best of us or the answers that still elude us.
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And so we tuck away the fears, speaking about them as past-tense problems to our congregations and ministry teams. And while it may make for a compelling and...
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