from Thom Rainer:
I am confident because of who I am in Christ. But if someone expected me to perform open-heart surgery tomorrow, I wouldn't be confident . . . even if I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the previous night. I would be totally lacking in confidence because I would not be equipped to handle the task before me. Indeed, I would be scared to death.
Many pastors and church staff are lacking confidence to do their ministry. While seminaries and Bible colleges do an excellent job in preparing many of them for some of the most important facets of pastoral ministry, too many pastors are still ill equipped to do the daily functions of their work.
As we have spoken with hundreds, if not thousands, of pastors and church staff, we have found specific reasons why many of these leaders are lacking in confidence, and are even fearful to carry out their responsibilities. Here are eight of the most common reasons.
1. They are not trained in many of the business-related tasks of leading a church.
2. They are not trained or equipped to lead.
3. They do not know what to do when the church hits a barrier.
4. They have been burned.
5. There are some church members who should not be in places of leadership at the church.
6. They have many "bosses."
7. They did not ask the right questions on the front end.
8. They are unable to get support from their churches for ongoing training.
The details of each re a must-read and be gleaned here.