Posted by Perry Noble on August 16, 2012

Yesterday we began talking about the top nine things that leaders struggle with (we compiled this list as a result of an informal survey I did via Twitter last week.)  We covered the first five in Part One already…today we will dive into the last four:

BUT, before we go there we must be reminded that…


#6 – Confronting People When Necessary – If you LOVE confrontation then most likely you are a rear end that nobody likes!!!  Confrontation is not fun…but is completely necessary if a church is going to maximize it’s potential and reach as many people as possible.  Reality is that if you are at a leadership table and you disagree with something mentally then you have an obligation to disagree verbally—PERIOD!  Not in a mean spirited or unkind way…but, with a humble and sincere approach.

The Apostle Paul had a pretty tough confrontation at one point…but we see inGalatians 2:11-14 that he did it.  If you see something wrong with the church or with someone else and you do not confront them then you do not love them.

#7 – Insecurity – Every leader I know has dealt with insecurity at some point.  One of the key verses that I’ve had to rely on during my most insecure moments isPhilippians 1:6, that IF HE BROUGHT ME TO IT THEN HE WILL LEAD ME THROUGH IT!!!  Insecure moments should not cause us to feel less secure about who we are but rather more secure in who God is!!!  If He is with us (Isaiah 41:10) then we should lead and live like it.

#8 – Failure – There isn’t a leader on the planet that rolled out of bed this morning and said, “Dear Lord, I would love to just blow it today, would you please allow me to make a mistake SO HUGE that I never want to show my face again, amen!”  No one wants to make a mistake, but, we do…two things to keep in mind regarding this…

  • If you are going to fail, fail forward (John Maxwell wrote an EXCELLENT book on this, if you have  not read it I highly recommend it!)  Proverbs 24:16 says that one of the distinguishing marks of a righteous person is that when they fall they get back up!!!  In leadership it’s not whether or not we are going to fail…but whether or not we are going to fail forward!
  • ALSO…fear of failure is what holds most people back from taking a step of faith!!!  But…Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God!!  I believe what holds most churches back is a leaders lack of faith, we fear looking back more than we desire for the church to move forward…and so we hold back.  Most of the time the failure comes NOT as a result of trying and not succeeding…but rather not trying at all!

#9 – Confidence – All of us, every single one of us struggle with confidence in our leadership.  Two things here…

  • The same God who was IN THE BIBLE performing miracles and overcoming obstacles IS WITH US TODAY!!!  (Hebrews 13:8!)  So many times we get so focused on who God was and what He will be like in heaven that we lose sight of the fact that HE IS AWESOME RIGHT NOW!!!
  • When it comes to preaching and leading…when we “do it by the book” then it will ALWAYS bring back a harvest (Isaiah 55:8-13).

If you want to dive into these things a little deeper then you can go to itunes and download the August edition of the Perry Noble leadership podcast for free…we took a look at all nine of these and broke them down in more detail.