Providential Disagreement

As I’ve mentioned before, it bothers me when pastors and leaders expect absolute loyalty from those they lead. Loyalty is something earned as people begin to trust you. It’s not something you can demand without eroding the relationship. Furthermore, honest dialog is not a sign that people are “haters” or that they don’t think you are a good leader. It might be that their disagreement is providential.

Paul and Barnabas didn’t agree over who should join them on their missionary endeavors. They parted ways and it led to the spread of the gospel. Not all disagreement is rooted in selfish motives and behaviors. Leaders need to keep that in mind the next time they are tempted to dismiss someone who doesn’t agree with their ideas.

Loyalty: Expected or Earned?

It’s become popular in certain segments of church leadership to champion the value of loyalty. In some cases, loyalty is almost demanded. I’m all for loyalty. I think we could use more of it in most leadership settings.

But not the kind of loyalty being implicitly expected. Not a loyalty that labels anyone who questions a decision as a hater. Not a loyalty that expects intelligent people to follow blindly. If you lead well, you will never have to demand loyalty from those following you. They will readily give it.