Why Leaders Get Cold Feet

November 7, 2017
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Podcast Episode #378

Cold feet often plagues pastors and their decision making. Today we discuss reasons for this cold feet syndrome and how to battle it.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • We are now in a time where incremental change in the church does not work like it used to.
  • Don’t make decisions based on conflict avoidance.
  • Too many pastors are not trained to lead. They’re trained theologically, but not in leadership.
  • The greatest fear I have when leading change is not knowing what I don’t know.
  • Change is both incremental and sudden.
  • If you’re going to lead change, you need a long-term view.

The seven reasons for cold feet that we discuss on this episode are:

  1. The critics.
  2. The energy drainers.
  3. Lack of knowledge.
  4. Prayerlessness.
  5. Short-term view.
  6. Inadequate staff and lay leadership.
  7. Faith-as-idea.

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