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Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like A Fraud As A Pastor | GOF66

Imposter Syndrome is no fun. The crippling effect of feeling like a fraud can keep any leader from being effective.  That’s especially true for pastors.  When I finally realized that the internal battles of insecurity, low self-worth, and unnecessarily high expectations were sabotaging my ministry.  So on this episode, I share how I overcame that feeling by sitting down with my mentor and friend. Also on tap, I’m laying out my manifesto of faith as a Gospel-Centered Anglican in North America.

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GOF66 | Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like A Fraud As A Pastor

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 2

This Episode’s Topic: Imposter Syndrome and Gospel-Centered Anglicanism

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Theology On The Street | A Gospel-Centered Anglican Manifesto

Starts at 7:03

There are several ways to describe “Classic Anglicanism.”  I like the words Reformed, Evangelical, Reformational, or Gospel-Centered.  What is important to recognize here, Gospel-Centered Anglicanism is unknown in North America but is growing.

Thee key points:

1. Third Rail to some North American Anglicans.  Anglo-Catholics, in particular, reject the classic Anglican Reformational theology of Cranmer, Ridley, and Latimer.

2. The Third Option to other Reformed Protestants — Westminster Presbyterians or Reformed Baptist — while still being thoroughly and authentically Reformational.

3. It is the most intellectually satisfying and provides a foundation and heritage to 21st Century Evangelicals.

Smitty’s Tip of the Week | Don’t Neglect The Task of Communication

Starts at 23:12

Leaders are always told that communication an essential part of leadership. But it’s easy to forget, particularly when you are short on staff.  But neglecting this all-important task is to the leader’s detriment.  Here are two resources worth considering when thinking about the role of communication in the life of a leader.

Feature Presentation | Imposter Syndrome: Feeling Like A Fraud As A Pastor

Starts at 27:12

Imposter Syndrome (or Phenomenon) is defined by the APA (American Psychology Association) as the inability to internalize or accept their success with the perpetual fear that other will eventually unmask them as a fraud (Weir, 2013).

How to resolve your dilemma?

1. Get outside perspective from a mentor and friend.

2. Recognize that you have room to grow and new things to learn.

3. Watch the negative self-talk.

4. Recognize and remind yourself.   

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About The Author

Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.


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