There I was sitting inside a church building next to my wife. A year and a half earlier you would have thought a church building would be the last place I’d be. Growing up, Sundays were designated as the second day in the weekend. We (my family) might go out to eat, spend some time at a friend’s house, or I’d be outside playing some kind of sport. But church? No way. But things changed. And there I was. At church. It was a day that would change the course of my life.
Later that day I’d be at my sister in-law’s home watching the big game (hint: the name of the NFL championship which can’t be named due to copyright). It was a good game, but I had a hard time paying attention to it. My mind was racing. I was praying, thinking, reflecting, and trying to figure out what God was seemingly calling me to.
Why You Should Try Something Scary
The next day, my wife and I met with one of the pastors at our church, a man I respect greatly. He married us just four months earlier. We sat down in his office. I was anxious to tell him what I thought God was leading me to do. Sara, my wife, was eager to share her experience from a day earlier as well. With trembling in my voice and a great sense of eagerness to find out what he would say, I told him. I think God is calling me to go into the ministry.
And so it began… My wife and I embarked on the exciting, but scary journey of quitting our jobs (with no jobs lined up where we were going), moving to another city, starting school again, and trying to figure out what it meant to be in ministry.
For a long time – especially in sports, then in business, and now in ministry and beyond – I’ve believed that if you don’t push yourself, if you don’t ever try something scary, you’ll cease from growing as a leader. And I can honestly say that I believe this even more now.
When we enter into a place of discomfort or fear, we confront something inside of us that is holding us back. We learn to trust God even more. We find out that fear is limiting and discomfort is rewarding. And this propels us forward to take faith-filled risks in the future.
What Are You NOT Doing Because of Fear?
What is it for you? Are you holding back at trying something new because you’re afraid you may fail? What’s causing you to circle back and not take action?
I find that it’s helpful to mix things up every now and then. This may mean starting a new hobby, learning something new, taking a risk in ministry that could fall flat or propel us forward, mixing up our routine at home, it could be anything.
Pastor, my assumption is that you work hard and you love the people God has entrusted you greatly. But even though this is the case, you probably should try something scary. I don’t know what it is for you. It could be getting counseling, getting someone else to preach for a month so you can recharge your batteries, delegating something that is super important, proposing a new hire, or anything else.
Try something scary. Do something that you’re afraid of because on the other side of it, you’ll have a greater trust in God.
A Big Announcement
At the end of last year, Joe and I began the process of something SCARY. We sent in a book proposal to a publisher. Having done this already with another book I’m working on, I knew that it could get rejected (I’ve been rejected twice for the other book) and rejection isn’t an easy thing to deal with. Imagine putting together something you’re super passionate about, that you believe will help people tremendously, and then have someone say thanks, but no thanks. It’s scary and frustrating all at the same time.
But here’s the thing: it didn’t get rejected, it got accepted! Rainer Publishing saw the benefit that this would bring to pastors everywhere and decided to take us on. We’re so thankful for Sam, Art, and Jess for saying yes and moving forward with bringing this resource to fruition.
That’s right. For the past 8 months, we have been in the process of putting together the best book on preaching we can do, by God’s grace and power. It’s been quite a ride and we are super excited to share this resource with you all when it is released.
Where We’re At in the Process
We just sent back our edited manuscript to the guys at Rainer Publishing so the next step is the design of the interior of the book. After that, cover design will begin (which we hope to have you help us pick out the cover). And as soon as we get a solid release date for the book we’ll be putting together a book launch team to help us get the word out. Book launch team members will get a free digital copy of the book and will be on the front lines of helping pastors find out about this new book on preaching.
We’re really excited to share this news with you and want to encourage you to keep your eyes peeled as we will release more info on the book as it comes to us.
Please join us in praying that this resource is a blessing to people in ministry who want to preach well.
And just an fyi – it’s kind of scary sharing this with you. But here it goes. That publish button will be pressed in 3…2…1…
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What Scary Thing Will You Do?
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