A risk involves the possibility of danger or harm. While this is always scary, when a person or thing is thought to not likely turn out well within a particular context, it is a risk.
There can be low risk and high risk, but risk is part of leadership.
The key to understanding the role of risks in leadership is learning how not to fear risk, but manage risk instead.
A number of websites provide powerful information about risk management, especially where it applies to areas of leadership.
However, two thoughts came to mind in application of the risks involved for spiritual leaders:
1) What are the risk factors involved if we decide not to lead others to Christ?
2) What are the risks of waiting, or procrastinating, to lead them?
When we honestly look at how the risks weigh out in the direction of our leadership, from a spiritual perspective, we find the possibility of danger or harm involved. Consider the consequences when we are unwilling to take the risk.