I threw out a tweet last week asking leaders what was the top thing that they struggled with…and received lots and lots of answers; however, we took them and basically categorized them into nine things.
Before I list them and how to overcome them, let me share a reality that God has been DRIVING into me over the past three months…
GOD’S WORD > HOW I FEEL!
If you are a leader (especially a church leader) then one of the things we are most guilty of is believing God’s Word for other people but not for our own lives.
I can personally relate to EVERY SINGLE ONE of these things listed…and the way I fight/do battle with them is God’s Word! I believe that by believing God’s Word, we can overcome these things…so with that in mind, here we go…
1. Feeling Adequate
Every single church leader I have ever spoken to wrestles with this; the one thing that I always come back to is II Corinthians 4:1, God’s mercy = my ministry! I am adequate not because of anything I have done but rather because God had mercy on me and called me to Himself. You are adequate because God called you…period!!!
Every single leader I know is going to deal with this one at some point; for me, anytime I am prideful, I find myself being led to I Corinthians 1:26-31 and I Corinthians 6:9-11! (James 4:6 is a good one, too!!!)
3. People Pleasing
One of the things that made Paul such a powerful and influential leader is that he delegated not just tasks…but ministry (see I Corinthians 4:17)! Jesus did the same thing as well (Luke 10:1-24)! If I want to be a leader like Jesus, I must learn to trust people-period!