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“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”


Characteristic #2: It makes you uncomfortable


We also need to make sure that we don’t modify God’s call to fit our own desires or comfort levels. People frequently make the mistake of thinking that God must be calling them to tasks that they are already good at. Perhaps you’ve been feeling a call toward ministering overseas or starting a new business, but are resisting it because you don’t have the right skill set now.


Here’s the thing that we, as Christian leaders, need to remember: God Here’s the thing that we, as Christian leaders, need to remember: God rarely wants us to stay in our comfort zone! We are the continuation of a long leadership tradition that includes evangelists like the apostle Paul, activists like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and missionaries like Mother Theresa. All these people were pulled from their daily existence—sometimes suddenly or even violently—and placed on an entirely new course of service. If your call is truly from God, it will entail some sacrifices and personal growth.


Why does God call us outside our comfort zone? Often, it’s so that we can learn to depend on His guidance. According to Marisa, God often asks us for two things: sacrifice and surrender. “As soon as I started taking it seriously and realising that this was what God was calling me to do,” Marisa shared, “I did have to step down from some of the formal ministries I was involved in.” Are there things that this calling will require you to give up or put aside for a time?


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