Types of Fear
Every category of fear listed below is an opportunity for discipleship. Some fears point to a need to shrug off false idols like money and possessions, some point to genuine obstacles which can be overcome with additional training or information.
Fear of Safety
This category involves the anxiety of physical danger to yourself or someone you care for. Examples of this include not wanting to participate in overseas missions in countries that seem to be at war or in countries stricken with extreme poverty where food may be scarce.
Fear of Failure
This category identifies the distress caused by the anticipation of failing in a role or task such as an individual thinking their God-given gifts have no use in global missions anywhere. An example is the common fear of “lack of fruit” from missionary efforts.
Fear of Sacrifice
This category associates with insecurities arising from giving something up such as time, money, possessions or comfort. This is not only about what the worker might give up, but what his or her family might be giving up as well.