Christ-followers drift into the Danger Zone every day and do not even know it. The Danger Zone presents one of the greatest threats to finishing well and hearing the words “well done.”
Many who have entered the Danger Zone look “right” to others. They are those that serve others. They lead. Contribute. Are respected. And have been used by God. But they have plateaued, arrested in their growth and development, and the days since a time of renewal continue to slip by.
The complexities and the challenges of the day-to-day have begun to erode a once “unshakeable” faith in Christ. Duties, responsibilities and demands are met with struggles with believers and those who say they live in the name of Jesus, past wounds for ministry and community life linger. And then there is the “bad things” which happen to the good people.
Slowly, often unnoticed, yet in very real ways, drift begins to occur. Slow at first, the lack of water and cultivation uproots one’s belief system as questions continue to build and answers fade just as quickly. The scales begin to tip. And just when the voice of God is needed most, even He seems to go quiet.
The TEN Warning Signs of the Danger Zone I have compiled through years of coaching might surprise you.
As you go through this list give yourself the gift of honesty of a response, noting your “first”response is probably the best in light of your current behavior.
A “yes” response to four or more can mean a drift as begun, moving closer to the dangerous curves on the highway to The Danger Zone.
Here’s another startling truth…
The research (Dr. J. Robert Clinton, The Making of the Leader) indicates that the Danger Zone is in the mid-game and set-up as a result of ministry proficiency. You knows the ropes, the language, the expectations and the drill to the point that you now run on your natural abilities as opposed to Christ’s presence. What many have not been able to detect, and you have not had the courage to admit… that you have gotten so good at ministry that you don’t need Jesus.
We lose the greatest share of Christ-followers and leaders in mid-stage of the journey. They have grown past what most churches offer, and become one of the growing number of “dones.” First they are “done” with the Church, and sometimes they move to being “done” with Christ.
Then one day these who now run in the lanes of Danger Zone just disappear.
There is no quick fix if these characteristics have begun to describe your journey. It took time to drift into the Danger Zone and time to head back. But as I have coached those who find themselves at this place in their journey, here are some first thoughts.
In the days ahead… its not really a question of whether there any helpful books or resources as much as the courage for honesty. Stopping and see things are they are is the first step to halt the drift. Forewarned, is potentially forearmed.
Here are some links to resources we offer (at Leader Breakthru) that have helped leaders in the Danger Zone: