• Who doesn’t have insecurities? You’d be hard pressed to find a biblical character that didn’t experience insecurity at some point in their ministry. The question is are we allowing Christ to minister to us in our insecurity? Are we willing to admit we have insecurities? Some of the patterns of pain we learn in our families of origin follow us into our congregational families, no doubt. And in God’s providence He often leads a pastor with a given insecurity to a church that has the same kind of problem manifested corporately. I’ve learned that God’s desire is to move both the pastor and the church toward greater health – together. Otherwise both the personal and corporate dysfunction continues until someone recognizes the pattern and breaks it. Both the pastor’s and church’s insecurities are usually caused by unhealed wounds or trauma in the personal history of the pastor or the corporate history of the church.

    Mark Barnard

  • Janet Binns

    Great article, totally agree with the damage caused to ministry as a result of wide spread insecurity. It ruins relationship, mission, spiritual growth and causes health issues. So what do we do about it? This article goes some way towards pointing out a few actions we could take, but these are points people should already know. Ministers must develop self awareness through mentoring, coaching, spiritual direction which should lead to accountability to God, ourselves and others.

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  • Dwight

    What I cannot understand is this: There are good people in your church doing good work to advance the Kingdom and most pastors will not publicly celebrate that for some crazy reason (insecurity?).

    Excuses I’ve heard include, “If I do it for this person, then I’d need to do it for everybody.” “We’re a church, not a cooperative.” “If I endorse this and it goes south, then my reputation is ruined.”

    The end result is that good ministries fail to get traction, and good people get discouraged.

  • Koalabear

    Yes, a very interesting article. Yet I also think that the key is seeing where the insecurity comes from. Yes, we need to derive our security from Christ, but he also gives us other people and it is a process that can need to be worked at – growing in being secure in Christ and in ourselves. We can’t simply put a sticking plaster over a wound; that wound may need to be looked at further and any dirt taken out before a degree of healing is reached.

  • Beckyharmon

    Ronnie, EXCELLENT ARTICLE. First thing I thought when I finished reading (and of course this is my passion so excuse me for the laser focus level here:) I find Pastors are not aware of WHERE the insecurity is coming from and how to deal with it in a practical way. For instance, it is has been noted that up to 45% of people called into “ministry” vocations come out of addiction based homes. Pretty high stastic. These types of homes are saturated with poverty mentalities, condemnation and a lack of understanding of their identity in Christ. You can pray all you want for peace, humility and to serve with a whole heart (Been part of 2 church planting teams myself and have seen the carnage) but if leaders are not aware of the characteristics of these types of homes and how to practically move out of this victimization thinking, they will continue to do the work of the ministry under a burdensome yoke and not experience the fruit of their labor. Where to start? Get clear on your identity and then you can be sent with power to transform other people’s lives for Christ. Wonderful article again, Bec:)