Taking Risks


Taking Risks

I had an interesting conversation with a recruiter at the Bible College I’m working at right now. We talked about the unwillingness of Christian leaders to take any kind of risk. It’s easier to follow what the others are doing. After we analyze where the herd is going we add our own theological or denominational flavour and call it our own. Those we put in leadership are handicapped by politics and consumed by unproductive tasks like asking for money. In the end they have very little time to provide bold leadership.



In business people assume risk to get a reward. The highest paying investments are usually the ones with the highest risk. People take those risks because they want the reward. In business the ultimate reward is easy to measure because it is money. The bottom line is profitability. In ministry it seems there can be a number of different bottom lines. Perhaps the most prevalent is “if nothing changes, everything is good”. Others might be donations, attendance, membership, fame, etc… It seems apparent that we are not in this for the same goal. Biblically the goal might be described as following Christ, or becoming a disciple. I might define it as being consumed and transformed by the kingdom of God for the purposes of God. There may be better ways of saying it, but the very nature of the kingdom of God is almost intangible. It’s very difficult to measure the kingdom of God. It’s hard to tell the difference from what we have made, and what God has built.

Perhaps Christian leaders don’t want to take any risks because they feel they have all the reward they need. They see no urgency. They are content to maintain the status quo because they redefined the end objective to be the status quo.



In a way it is like a business manager who measures success by how many people walk through the doors. The manager rests contently because the numbers have stayed the same. The business manager doesn’t want to look at cash flow because it might reveal things aren’t as good as they seem. Ultimately facing the facts may mean a lot of change. It may mean a lot of sacrifice. The business manager doesn’t want to change because thing are easiest right now. Unfortunately for the business manager the owner, who invested so much capital in the business, will want some return on the investment.

Perhaps there is no leadership because there is no urgency. There is no urgency because our vision is tainted. Our vision is tainted because we don’t want to see the truth. We don’t to see the truth because there is more we want to get out of God or religion than we are willing to give. What we need to face is that God has invested so much in us and He expects a return on that investment.

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