Most pastors would say they love their people well, sacrifice for them, work tirelessly, try to be accessible, etc. Yet, Paul speaks of his heart being wide open to them. [2 Cor 6:11] That’s intense.

A heart wide-open!

A big, gaping opening that can be exploited, disappointed, rejected, maligned. And, I write this not just for the young, wide-eyed church planters who haven’t yet taught themselves to distrust their congregations and bury their affections behind a mask of professional, religious propriety.

This applies to you: the veteran of betrayals, abuses, attacks, and back-stabbings… by many who you’ll no doubt find in Heaven.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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