One common challenge faced by leaders, including pastors and church leaders, is the fear of embarrassment—especially when met with hard questions or situations where we might not have all the answers. We’re afraid we’ll look dumb in front of those we lead.
Some of the greatest leaders in history have struggled with this. Consider Moses’ burning bush interaction with God. When God called Moses to lead the people out of Egyptian slavery, the first question Moses asked God was about his own identity: “Who am I to . . . lead your people?” (Exodus 3:11 CEV). But notice the second question: “What should I say, if they ask me your name?” (Exodus 3:13 CEV). Moses is worried he won’t know how to answer the Israelites’ questions.
I know many pastors who resonate with this fear. Everyone expects the pastor to answer any question about Scripture and life in general. But no one knows everything. If you had to know the answer to every question to be the leader, you’d never lead.
God responds to Moses with…Continue Reading