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Leading a church is difficult. There’s pressure from many sources.

You may see agendas pushed by the church denomination, other leaders within the church, church members, and many other sources.

There’s always something someone wants you to be doing and this causes a conflict of direction within the church. Because of this, we see church leaders making mistakes in areas that are deadly to a church.

1. Church growth: While I believe a church that is spreading the good word should grow in size, there’s also the fact some churches can only grow to a certain size.

To place a demand that a church continues to grow and reach certain attendance goals will not help the church.

Rather than focusing on numbers, focus on the spiritual growth of your congregation. This is what truly matters, not the size of the church but the impact that has been made in the lives of the men and women you teach.

Anyone doing a great work will be faced with a major roadblock. That roadblock known by many different names could be summed up in one word – Criticism.

Criticism, it’s the killer of mighty men. Criticism, it’s what will keep you from doing your greatest work.

We often think that fear is the greatest enemy of progress.

We’re fearful we’ll fail. We’re fearful we won’t be fast enough to market. We’re fearful we’ll look like fools.

Fear is a great killer of progress, yet it’s not the greatest enemy. There’s something far more sinister.

That something is our ability to take criticism.

Why Criticism Is Worse Than Fear

Fear holds us back. Fear tells us we can’t do something. Fear is scary.

But it’s not as bad as we think.

For some, the choice to lead is easy. They’ve felt leading comes naturally and there’s nothing else they could do.

To others, they were thrust into leadership. There was a gap and someone needed to fill it.

And yet others don’t know feel like they could ever lead.

This post is for that last group. The people who are out there thinking leadership isn’t for them.

I’ve got news for you: Leadership may be the thing you need to do today!

If you’re in that boat, here’s 5 reasons you need to be leading…

1. People constantly come to you for advice: When you find yourself constantly being approached by others for advice and guidance, this is a good sign you’re being viewed as a leader.

There are people who are looking up to you. There are people who value your opinion. There are people who know you have skills.

I’ve missed many opportunities in life because I was afraid to speak up.

An uneasy fear rises up when I feel the desire to offer up an idea or oppose a plan. It’s frustrating.

It’s also been holding me back.

Recently, I had the idea to create a video library showcasing what our MRP software could do.

The videos would include demos of placing an order, creating a job, and shipping a product, among other things. I thought it was brilliant.

But not enough to speak up. That was a mistake.

A few months after having the idea to create demonstration videos, another person in our company spoke up. He recommended we create videos detailing our workflow process.

This was right in line with my idea.

Only I never presented it.

Why?

I felt my idea didn’t hold merit

Is Fear Holding You Back?

January 28, 2015 — 7 Comments

The last couple of years I’ve had a fascination with most things aviation. From planes (I jumped out of a plane and would still like to learn how to pilot a plane) to helicopters (RC helicopters and quadcopters), I’m drawn to things that fly.

These inventions that can defy gravity. They can move about in the sky unhindered. It’s absolutely fascinating.

This quadcopter made me fearful

That’s why I purchased a quadcopter I could fly outside. I wanted to take something airborne and fly.

After much research, I chose the DJI Phantom Vision 2 quadcopter. It’s a beauty.

When you fire her up, the sounds of her blades become intimidating. You can literally feel the power you have in your hands.

And yet I’m scared to fly the quadcopter.

The investment was hefty. The controls are easy but you can easily get confused. And when you crash it you feel like you’re toasting tons of cash.