Leadership moment to consider:
Are we building others up? Or are we tearing them down?
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
As leaders, have you ever noticed when someone makes a mistake (minor or major) many leaders don’t follow a system of progressive discipline?
Rather than holding the person accountable and establishing a plan to rectify the behavior they actually destroy the person. Their method of fixing the behavior is destructive and does nothing to prevent the problem from happening again. It often creates a bitter employee who goes on to poison other environments and more people.
As leaders, we are to hold ourselves and our people accountable but if we expect our team members to work together it will only function of each part is working correctly. This requires us to try to bring back the wanderer.
James 5:19–20 tells us, “My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.”
So as leaders, it is imperative for us to work to restore our brothers and sisters. By holding one another accountable while not forgetting where we came from it allows us to remember that someone once cared enough to help us back on the right path.
As T.D. Jakes said “Just because you graduated doesn’t mean we get to burn down the school.” So let us not burn down our brothers and sisters when God calls us to lead them back.
After all, what is a greater testimony: how many people that we helped? Or how many people we ran off?
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries