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Before You Risk

Risk taking is not an option if we want to be effective in ministry. But it's vital that those risks be prudent.
—Larry Osborne

Rich had just taken the pastorate of one of the largest churches in his denomination. He had experienced tremendous success in his previous church, a church plant that had grown to more than two thousand under his innovative, risk-taking style of leadership. Rich entered his new ministry assuming a long and bright future.

To his dismay, he found that a few arbitrary decisions, small mistakes in judgment, and the launching of a couple of pet projects took on epic proportions. Things that had been ignored in Tennessee suddenly became a cause for impeachment in Minnesota.

Baffled, he tried to wrestle more and more control from his opponents. But instead of gaining more authority and freedom, he gained only more enemies. Within eighteen months he resigned, a crushed and confused pastor, wondering how someone who had been hailed as an innovative, risk-taking leader in ...

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