Admit It: You Need Help

We all need help.

Some of us know it.

Others won’t admit it.

For others this is a blind spot.

My friend Randy Rowland recently shared this powerful question:
How do you know when you need help?

I like this question because it forces me to face the reality that I may need help and not even know it.

It also raises my awareness of areas in which I may need help already.

But most importantly, it helps me to plan ahead and think through how I will recognize when I’m in over my head.

This is an important question for leaders, and especially church planters.

As I reflect on my experience planting a church, I often tell people, “I was just naive enough to think that I could actually do it.” And of course there is ego wrapped up in that statement. I wanted to prove that I could do it. Being a church planter for me became a huge part of my identity.

And yet I realized that I needed help. I couldn’t succeed on my own.

You Need Help

Are you willing to admit the areas where you need help?

How do you know when you need help?

Who will help you to see this?

For me personally, there were two very important ways that I was helped as a church planter.

1. I had a great coach: Steve Ogne.

2. I had a supportive network of pastors around me: my In-N-Out Peer Cluster.

I would strongly encourage you to get help – even before you think you need it.

If you are looking for a coach, let me know. We have a great team of Missional Challenge Coaches who would love to work with you.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Consider how you will know when you need it.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. Trenton Chandler
    Trenton Chandler says:

    "I encourage you to get help–even before you need it."
    I really liked this because I have often put off getting help until things are in need of repair. The times I have sought help from the start have been extremely beneficial! Good word!

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