Monday, February 27, 2017

Coddling The Custodians

I once asked the question on this blog: "If a minister finds himself / herself at the centre of spiritual warfare, to what extent, and in what form, should he / she take others on board to tackle a problem? It is tempting to enlist any support, as it is not easy to endure opposition. At the same time, leadership backlash may loom if one does take others on board. While I have read much Church leadership theory, I am not aware that this issue has been dealt with satisfactorily." One of my own "leadership" (or diaconate, which is servanthood) responded as follows. See what you think: "You can't baby a Church leadership. You can't mollycoddle them. They need to grow up. They need to stand on their own spiritual feet. They need to learn. As hard as it may be, they need to take ownership of situations. Otherwise you haven't achieved what you should."

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