Some of you know that I had a successful real estate career going before God miraculously called me into vocational ministry. I was the top selling agent in our county the year I quit! Even after entering the ministry, God enabled me to see a lot of spiritual fruit quickly. I was able to see a lot of changed lives and experienced a lot of growth in the ministries that I led over the first several years of my ministry. Then I planted a church!
I had never doubted myself and my abilities more than the first few years of planting Mountain Lake Church. During the first several years of the church plant, I questioned EVERYTHING about myself, my abilities, and my calling. That’s why I believe that the calling to plant a church requires an AMAZING amount of EMOTIONAL FORTITUDE and SECURITY as a leader! It’s so important during uncertain times, that we become certain about who we are, who God as uniquely called us to be, and what God wants to do UNIQUELY through us!
As a pastor, I must derive my sense of self worth, security, and sufficiency from God! I must have confidence, not in myself, but in what God can do through me! I can totally relat to the apostle Paul: “But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies so everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT).
There is a need to be extremely secure as a leader in my church. Doubt and insecurity can be the undoing of spiritual leaders! It’s still a weekly battle for me, but I am slowly winning the battle! I choose to believe every day that I can do do anything if that is what God wants me to do! I can lead this church wherever God wants to take it, because it is Him through me that will take us there! I believe today’s churches need secure leaders to lead it where God wants to take it. Are you willing to be a secure leader? Are you willing to believe that nothing is impossible with God through you?
By the way, if God is dealing with you on this issue, I talk a ton about secure leadership in my new book for pastors and ministry leaders, entitled The Measure of our Success. Check it out!
Shawn Lovejoy is Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church; Directional Leader of churchplanters.com; and author of The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea To Pastors.