Church leaders often overlook one of the most effective elements of evangelistic leadership—admitting their own fear to evangelize.
People often assume their leaders don’t face fear. They need to hear that you struggle just like them.
Though they may not admit it, many fall prey to the belief that fear in evangelism comes from not having a close enough relationship with Christ. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
When they see a respected and godly leader also experiences fear, they begin to realize fear is not a sign of spiritual shortcomings. I often hear, “It is encouraging to know that there are times you are as fearful as I am.”
Failure to admit fear indicates a lack of integrity. Fear in evangelism is normal for every single Christian. Any church leader who says that he is never afraid to share his faith is not being completely honest with his or her people. We certainly have a great precedent to do so. Paul the apostle even admitted to fear: “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling” (1 Cor. 2:3).
But don’t stop with admitting your fear—tell your congregation how you overcame that fear instead of letting that fear overcome you. Giving a few specific examples always helps drive your point home. They think of similar situations they’ve had and conclude that the next time they can conquer their fear just like you conquered yours.