Every church leader experiences seasons of insecurity. Fluctuating attendance, inconsistent weekly giving, staff issues, board members with agendas, and comparison to other “successful” ministries in our region all feed the notion that we’re not good enough to lead our church.
These seasons are sure to occur at various points in our leadership, but how we walk through them determines what lies ahead for our life and the church we lead.
Join us this week on the podcast as we walk through 7 questions to ask during seasons where we're not sure if we should continue on in ministry:
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Here are some key takeaways from today's conversation:
We have to take time for what matters. It's easy to let ministry take a higher priority than consistent Sabbath and a healthy home life. If we don't intentionally take time for what's most important, insecurity is inevitable.
Unhealthy expectations are dangerous. If we try to live by unrealistic expectations that we put on ourselves or unhealthy expectations that our congregation has for us, we quickly begin to feel incapable as a pastor.
Denying our feelings of discouragement won't make them go away. Walking through a season of insecurity or discouragement is not something that you need to feel ashamed about. But it can't just be ignored. The questions we cover today are great to help you get to the root of your insecurity.
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Dale is the Executive Director here at 95Network. He has been in ministry for almost 40 years and is dedicated to helping small and mid-size churches get healthy. Dale has served in nearly every role of church leadership (except Worship Pastor), and has had a wide variety of coaching and consulting experience. He and his wife Gina have been married for 37 years and live in Greenville, SC.