Most Christians wait way too long before stepping up to lead in the church. There are all kinds of reasons for this: over committed schedules, church cultures that stifle lay leadership and lack of opportunity are all too common. But one I hear pretty regularly is, “I’m just not ready.”
To which I say, “Join the club!”
No, I don’t always feel ready to lead a church. But I’m not even close to being the founding member of the not ready to lead club. We have a long and distinguished history. Consider a few of our better known members:
King Saul: “Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. Therefore they inquired further of the Lord, ‘Has the man come here yet?’ So the Lord said, ‘Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.’”(1 Samuel 10:21-22) Samuel was ready to anoint Saul King and Saul is hiding in the baggage cart.
Moses: “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?'”(Exodus 3:11) God calls Moses to free Israel from slavery and Moses spends two chapters trying to talk God out of it(Exodus 3&4).
Gideon: “He said to Him, ‘O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.’” (Judges 6:15). Gideon is busy explaining his lack of qualification to the angel of the Lord.
If you want to go New Testament on this one, just pick a disciple. That whole crew was pretty inept!
Where are you offering God excuses when He’s asking for obedience?
My point isn’t that training, preparation and equipping don’t matter. They do. But if you’re waiting to lead until you feel ready, you’ll never get in the game. God isn’t looking for people who are sure of their ability. He’s looking for people who are utterly convinced of His.
If God is calling you to lead, trust He knows what He’s doing.
I’m praying for a wave of new Community Group Leaders at Restoration City Church. We’ll train you and we’ll provide weekly Community Group discussion guides. We’re not going to toss you into the deep end to drown. But we need you to jump into the pool with us!
It’s time for some of us to get out from behind the baggage and get into the game.