The longer you lead in any one organization, the more difficult it is to let go. That’s natural. You’ve invested more so there is more to protect. It’s not unlike the difference between the meager bank account of a young adult just moving out for the first time, with all the risks they are willing to take, and a 65-year-old married couple’s life savings. You handle the money differently.
In leadership, however, it’s important to be very open-handed with your leadership. Continue to take risks and give away as much authority as possible if you want your church to grow. If you hold on to all the influence, your church will get stuck.