We’re considering a fourth leadership characteristic: Stand, as an exemplar, in the sabotage and backlash that must come.

Scapegoating, so common in an anxious, immature culture, is antithetical to the stand of the leader and the developing ethos of the organization. Even when the less mature succumb to its pull, the leader is not provoked to respond in kind.

Keeping in mind how consequential it is to shift the culture of any church, the leader has developed stamina to live into Paul’s charge in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong…”. 

I love the ancient King James rendering of this verse: “Quit ye like men.”

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage