I spend most of my work time developing young leaders who step into ministry leadership positions in their early 20s, most just after finishing college. Most of us who’ve been at this for a while know that leadership, especially those positions related to Christian ministry, has a way of pressing out the toxic brew of pride and insecurity. Most of us try to convince ourselves that we don’t struggle with pride and insecurity, but the traits are quite common.
For young leaders, their education or training had an intense focus on their own personal development. Once in leadership, they have to manage a quick 180 degree turn toward being focused on others and their needs and their development. For many, this turn happens too slowly and the early years of ministry leadership is often characterized by a self-focus (and sometime self-protectionism) that is obvious to others – and it limits their progress as leaders of others.by