Fear . . .moving beyond it
The longer I coach congregations the more I realize how much fear plays a role in congregational dysfunction. I see pastors unwilling to confront parishioners regarding their inappropriate behavior. I see congregational leaders fail to evaluate programs and ministries out of fear of what they might find out. I see youth workers say “yes” to everything out of fear of losing their jobs if they say “no”. I see volunteers “trying harder” to prop up dying programs out of fear of trying something new. I see members express their frustrations about an individual among their friends because they’re too insecure to speak the truth directly to the party involved. I believe that fear immobilizes our capacity to be proactive. I believe that fear hinders our capacity to live into God’s preferred future for ourselves and our congregations. Please share how you see fear show up in your congregation. Please share how you manage fear in ways that allow ministry to move forward. I look forward to your insights and ideas!