Mistake #14: Waiting for Someone Else to Start

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I have been a reluctant leader at most points along my leadership journey. I am a little skeptical of leaders who are too eager to lead. It seems the best of them are a bit slow to respond to the call that rests upon their life. The best ones seem to often say No only to later change to a Yes to God’s invitation.

Here are some truths I have come to in outreach leadership effectiveness:


  1. You really are alone

    But don’t panic. In many cases no one else is going to show up to lead. If you are waiting for someone else to show up before you get going, you may well never get started. “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”


  2. You really are the leader

    When you notice what needs to be done it is a sign you might well be called into leadership. The first step to a dynamic breakthrough is the gift of noticing.


  3. You really are equipped

    God will not call you lead in outreach without giving you all the skills you require for effectiveness. Sometimes completely new skills and abilities come upon you. He doesn’t always place brand new gifts in us. He likes to awaken the gifts he has already placed in you. The vital truth to pick up on…God is going to give you all you need in order to reach out in power.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.