They are the ones who complain that you are not doing enough
Reference: “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” John 6:66 NIV
Explore: A few years ago I was in the States visiting some pastors and discussing church leadership. One question came up about how the pastors handled people leaving their congregation.
One pastor simply said, “Love them out the door.” He went on to explain that there are a few congregation members who demand a high degree of attention. And often they are the ones who complain that you are not doing enough.
When they threaten to leave, even if they are influential people or high income families, it is better to love them and help them find a home where they are happy and can flourish. This can hurt sometimes and create concerns amongst the congregation.
But if you have someone in your community who is unhappy and demanding, and you have already done everything reasonable to assist them, then “love them out the door”.
Application: This can sound easier than it is to carry out, but it seems Jesus had the same idea in John 6.
When some of His disciples were struggling with His teaching, He wasn’t swayed by their opinions but stayed true to His message. He said it with love and understanding, even when He knew this meant His numbers would dwindle.
Thankfully for us, Jesus was not about numbers. He cared about the truth and about individuals.
May we be the same as we carry out whatever business we have to do today. May we care about individuals and commit to the truth.
Prayer: Lord, You set an incredible example for us to follow. May we learn from Your Word and apply it to our lives today. Amen.
How can you speak truth and care for the individual today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.