Leaders by nature are starters. We love new things and we love to lead others into new opportunities.
As ministry leaders, the fall is usually one of those seasons that we tend to start new initiatives. With everyone settling back into the routine of school, work and church, we attempt to maximize the momentum with new ministries and events.
This year at The Summit we were challenged by several of the speakers to be entrepreneurs… to “step out” and to take action. For as much as we as leaders are starters by nature, fear often paralyzes us. The very things we want to start can grip us with fear and uncertainty. I love what Len Schlesinger had to say about this:
“Instead of worrying about what you are going to do, worry about what you are going to do next. We’re afraid of taking action because we’re afraid of failure.”
What are you afraid of?
What’s holding you back?
What do you wish to start but the details are paralyzing you?
What do you wish to start but you’re afraid it might meet some resistance?
Let me echo Len Schlesinger’s advice: focus on what you are going to do next. Don’t stress the details. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the “what if’s”. Just focus on what’s next. Here are some things I do when I need to determine what’s next:
Pray. Do I sense that this is where God is leading me/the ministry?
Evaluate. How will this affect my team? Do we have the resources we need?
Define. What are the legitimate concerns?
Act. What can I do today to take a next step?