Today’s podcast episode, #62, is all about handling fear in the ministry. Dave Jacobs from SmallChurchPastor.com joins us in this episode. You’ll just have to listen to it. We hope that it encourages you and gives you some practical food for thought to help you deal with fear in your pastoral role.
But, can I just say two things about fear, and then leave you to listen to the episode?
Number one, About a month ago, I wrote a blog post titled, Fear: The Great Negotiator. You should check it out if you haven’t read it yet. In that post, I share what I believe is the antidote to fear.
Number two, my personal opinion is that a very practical way to handle ministry issues that cause fear in your heart – is to step right into the middle of them. Once we engage them, they tend to lose their fangs. They don’t look as ferocious as we thought they would.
As I reflect on my past ministry experiences, I remember several encounters I needed to have, confrontations actually, that caused me fear. Actually, I was filled with FEAR. I remember one time looking at the clock in my office, and deciding that when the second hand reached the 6, I would walk into another office and make the confrontation. It was all I could do to literally will my legs to walk down the hall.
When I got there, the person had gone to the bathroom, and I had to repeat the whole horrific process five minutes later! When the conversation actually occurred, it was not easy, but I lived through it. And boy, oh boy, did I feel better when it was finished! FEAR attended me, but it did not prevent me. Once I stepped into the “scary” situation, fear dissipated, and we were just two people trying to make the best of a tough situation.
Again, if you haven’t read that post about FEAR being the Great Negotiator, read it. You’ll find that the antidote to fear is FAITH. And then step right into your fear. It’s bark is worse than its bite!
Remember, as a pastor, you’ve got the greatest position in the world! It’s all about attitude Babeee! We get to pick our attitude, so pick a positive one. Think about it. The SPIRIT is the One who equips you, the LORD is the one who goes with you, and JESUS is the one who’s paid your way. Your church, no matter the size, can do great Kingdom things with you as the pastor, when the Triune God helps you do your job. Go for it.
Oh, one more thing… fear not. Yeah. That.
YOU CAN FIND DAVE JACOBS AT SMALLCHURCHPASTOR.COM. WITH 8 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE COACHING PASTORS, HE IS AVAILABLE TO COACH YOU! WE CONFIDENTLY AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENDORSE DAVE AND RECOMMEND HIM TO YOU AND YOUR CHURCH!
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