A leadership failure is “ground zero” for anchoring the central values that Christ-followers are committed to live. When Paul instructed Timothy: “Those [elders] who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.” [1 Timothy 5:20], he placed the benefit to “the others” above whatever prices the leaders or the fallen elder would experience. And, I invite you to consider that “the others” who are warned are not just those inside the Church.

And yet, for centuries, we in Christendom have routinely swept these humiliations under the rug: the priest is relocated to a new parish, the pastor takes a seminary position, the missionary goes on furlough, and the youth leader enrolls in graduate school. Those close enough to the transgression become collateral damage and often leave the church, and the Faith.

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage