-by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD
STRESS. ANXIETY. FEAR. GRIEF. PAIN.
Why are people so tired? The emotional strain on everyone is as thick as the humidity in Houston. The air we breathe is heavy. Hybrid feels like a compounding stressor, without even considering global or national news. Stress is compounding our anxiety, fear, grief, and pain.
What does anti-depression or anti-anxiety medication look like for a community of people following Jesus?
Matthew 7:25-34. Do not worry.
Practice authentic community where people pray together. Where reading and reflecting on scripture is normal for everyday people. Where it is safe to be our true self. Where we show up for each other in times of crisis or times of joy.
John 21:15-19 Follow.
People are hungry for leadership that is followership. Lead by loving people into being their best self, as you follow Jesus together. Don’t wait for the perfect time or the perfect vision. Just do something that feels sort of right.
Acts 8 1-9. Go.
What do we do with those who throw rocks every time we try something new? Fear of being stoned sent the early church into the mission field. Waiting for people to calm down and be ready is not going to help the mission of Jesus in our neighborhoods. Surround yourself with a few people who are growing in the faith. Prayerfully communicate the step you are called to take, and then go. Make disciples. It’s what the church was born to do.
PS: Let us know if we can help. LEAD consultants and coaches are great at accompanying congregations move from fear to future. Our LEAD Journey is a congregational process that can support transformation over time. You can talk to one of the people on our staff at [email protected].