Brooke Norton | Student Life Group Pastor Gilbert
“I don’t think I know enough about the Bible.”
“I’m not equipped enough to lead a group of teenagers.”
“What if I can’t answer the tough questions?”
“I’m just not that funny. Don’t I have to be funny to be in youth ministry?”
“Wouldn’t somebody else be better for this leadership role?”
“What if they look at me like I am a weirdo?”
“What if I am not cool enough to hang out with students?”
These are all true and accurate questions that I have asked myself over the years. I have felt unequipped, uninformed, self-conscience, and awkward about stepping into a leadership within the church. I’ve had my fair share of times when I’ve wanted to give up on leading. The enemy does everything he can to tell us that we are not worthy. He tries to convince us that we don’t have what it takes. He persuades us to think that we are too busy and that we aren’t in the right place emotionally to serve. I’ve been there. I’ve had these doubts.
The truth is that at some point, often the best leaders feel unequipped. The truth is that most people feel as if they are not the right person for the task at hand. As a person in leadership right now that asks people to serve in my ministry, these are the statements that I hear in response. You are not alone. I wake up every day and choose to be confident in the name of Jesus. I choose to lead anyway. If I didn’t do this, I would probably be swallowed by fear and crippled by the thought of having any kind of Biblical conversation.
When I was in High School, I struggled with the thought that if a person didn’t believe in Jesus that they would spend an eternity separately from God. I remember having conversations with some of my friends about this subject. Looking back on these conversations today, I wish I could go back and tell my friends about the Jesus that I know today. I wish I could share with them about the Jesus who loves them and wants a relationship with them. The direction of these conversations could have led to my friends knowing Jesus.
Sometimes all we need is a wake up call! Even though I am not equipped to answer all questions, God’s call still remains. Even when I don’t feel like I can answer a tough theological question, God still wants us to lead. God doesn’t expect us to get things perfectly. He doesn’t expect us to know the answer all the time. It’s okay to say I don’t know but let me tell you what I do know about the character of Jesus.
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:11
The next time you’re teetering back and forth about whether you should serve in a particular ministry, I am going to encourage you to commit. Lead anyway! You never know how Jesus is going to use your particular story and your unique talents to glorify his name. Rely on the strength of Jesus and let him guide you the next time you feel unequipped.