Visible and Vulnerable: Church Leaders and the Fight Against Perfect

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I’ve never met a church leader who didn’t struggle with vulnerability.

Being highly visible in an institution that cares deeply about morality would cause anyone to think twice about what they share. As a pastor’s kid who went directly into full-time ministry, I’ve experienced this pressure to look perfect all my life.

Recently, I was challenged to pursue greater vulnerability while reading Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly. In it, she describes vulnerability as the courage to “let ourselves be seen.” I’ve become convinced that vulnerability is a significant catalyst for leadership growth and organizational health.

What would our churches look like if we truly led ourselves and others to take off our masks? These four insights from Brene Brown can help us imagine:

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Ryan Stigile