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How Insecurity Hurts the Pastor and the Church

How Insecurity Hurts the Pastor and the Church

INSECURITY is a major factor that prevents pastors and churches from being focused on their mission. It eliminates opportunities for evangelism, planting churches, ministry expansion and making disciples because it creates conflict in the church. I have even seen insecurity ruin ministries.

Three Ways Insecurity Reveals Itself in Pastors and Churches

1. Competitiveness

One of the biggest problems insecurity carries with it is overt competition. Churches try to out-do one another. Pastors find themselves competing with other pastors. This competitiveness occurs because of insecurity and further results in jealousy and a critical spirit.

2. Combativeness

When a pastor has an incessant need to have their way all the time, it can ruin their ministry and pollute their church. God has not called ministers to always be right, but to be godly. I am convinced we can do the right thing in the wrong way. We need to operate in the stream of the Spirit of Christ at all times.

3. Complaining

Some of the whiniest people I know are ministers. It also happens that pastors are some of the most insecure people I know. The two often go together. Complaining is a serious obstacle for many ministers of the Gospel. How can we expect others to be attracted to our message and our leadership if we are complainers? This does not magnetize people to the message, but distracts them from the message.

Keep This in Mind

Please keep in mind that as a follower of Jesus Christ, the only competition you really have is with the world, the flesh and Satan. Other pastors and churches are not your competition.

Do not let a word, a sentence or a spirit take away from your main message. Walk in humility. The best idea in the room may not be your own. Receive others and reject combativeness.

If God has really called you into ministry, live like it. When you always return to your call from God, you eliminate complaining in your life and leadership.

Insecure Churches Are Ineffective Churches  

Competitiveness, combativeness and complaining do not have a place in your life or in Jesus’ church. When these rule the church, health and growth cannot occur. Insecure churches are ineffective churches. Therefore, set aside the competitiveness, combativeness and complaining, and focus on taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and making disciples of all nations.

Do not forget: The Lord is with you.

Now Is the Time to Lead and Pray,

Ronnie W. Floyd

This article originally appeared here.

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Dr. Ronnie Floyd has been a pastor for over 37 years and was recently elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. His experience, wisdom and passion for God make him a powerful proclaimer of God’s Word. He teaches principles from the Bible that encourage and uplift thousands of people all over the world via TV, Internet, podcasts, radio, speaking engagements and books.