What do you think of when you think of being vulnerable? Chance are, it isn’t anything positive. In the world’s eyes, being vulnerable is equated with being weak, inferior, undesirable. Brad Hambrick starts his book, Vulnerability, by admitting that vulnerability can be seen as something painful or dangerous. We’ve learned to hide ourselves from others.
I have often struggled with knowing how to confront difficult people in difficult situations. When it comes to my attention that one of my leaders is being disloyal to me or to the organization, do I go confront them? How do I even broach the subject? For that matter, why is my default reaction to get angry?
If you are finding ministry hard or are struggling with your inadequacies for the task before you, reading this book will be very beneficial. Allender is very open about his personal struggles and has a good eye for the common struggles of leadership and especially spiritual leadership.