I thought about titling this post “why restoration was bad for business: a corporate church prospectus” but I thought I would offend some of my evangelical friends. Actually, I don’t have that many evangelical friends anymore…so that’s ok! I believe there are some key leadership skills profoundly missing from the church, specifically church leaders, in America today.
I spent a half the day with a fellow leader, a friend of mine, who experienced a “moral failure,” which led to his ‘removal’ from leadership at his corporate church. It also led to his family being ostracized, upheaved from their home, and disgraced in community. Not because of my friend.
Nope, all those consequences were handed to him by his fellow leaders of his corporate church as part of his “restoration process.”
I am so tired of hearing about people, sorry let me clarify that, church people, helping leaders live with integrity, when they can’t even apply the Gospel they claim to preach, and live that in a wholehearted way themselves.
Feel free, send your negative feedback, judgment, print another news article to try and assassinate my character because you disagree. I do not care. While you sit on the sidelines of actually making an impact with your life, stewing in your own resentment, bitterness…hypocrisy…keep watching anonymously as a concerned citizen…I’m sure that will work out for you eventually.
I have watched and experienced God transforming my life, my family, my leadership style to a place of Wholeness…all through real grace that unfortunately, lacks appearing all too common for the corporate church in America. As a former pastor, (yes the title got removed by my restoration team as well…) I’ve had the privlege of ‘brothers’ becoming wolves and not only attacking me, but my family, my business, my relationships, and my future. None of it was fun, I’m grateful the hard days are behind me, and incredibly thankful that real grace, real restoration, real reconciliation is what God is about, even when “His people” miss the boat.
So, if you say you are a leader, then be one and lead toward your vision to fulfill your magnitude of mission, regardless of what noise is around you. Stop talking out of both sides of your mouth and pick a side. Either be all in, or fold your hand.
If this resonates with you, and you want to be part of the solution, contact me today.