3 Common Fears of Emerging Leader
Developing emerging leaders is an essential in church leadership that paves the way for the next generation of believers. Here are three common fears that emerging leaders need to wrestle with as they step out and serve God.
1 – Am I good enough?
Everyone wants to be loved, and church leaders are no different. Emerging leaders have to struggle with doubts of whether they are good enough.
2 – Am I equipped to accomplish the tasks before me?
Not every emerging leader has gone through seminary – actually most don’t – and that’s okay because even those who have gone through seminary don’t know everything! As a result, they need to struggle with the fear of whether or not they are adequately equipped for the tasks ahead.
3 – What happens if I fail?
Deep down, emerging leaders, like everyone else, wants to make people happy and do well in the ministry before them and as a result, will have to wrestle with the fear of failure.
4 – Can I manage my time well?
There is a real fear that their ministry at church will pull them away from spending quality (and quantity!) time with their family.
If you are helping emerging leaders:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom should I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
If you are a seasoned leader helping to serve and build emerging leaders in the church, help them to answer these questions.
Encourage them in the grace of God. Help them to believe in themselves.
Give them opportunities to succeed. Set them up to succeed in tasks they have been equipped for.
Lift them up in the learning process. The sting of recovering after a failure can be paralyzing. Help them to see it as part of the learning and growing process.
Ensure that they have time to spend with their family, especially their spouse.
Encourage emerging leaders through their fears. It is hard work, but absolutely worth the investment.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.