Invitation is a tool to beat fear
As I try and encourage leaders to become invitational I find real opposition and I have observed a familiar obstacle which has multiple faces. Fear drives many church leaders. Fear of being disliked, fear of losing income, fear of failure, fear of conflict, these and a hundred other fears form a giant that calls the leader out to a contest. Those who are fear dominated may even suit up for the battle each day and visit the battlefield to skirmish. However they are playing not to lose rather than playing to win. Becoming an invitational church leader does not make us afraid it merely reveals the fear that is already there. Invite someone today to take a closer look at Christ and his church and face down your fear.