Jump directly to the Content

Leader's Insight: Sidelined by Failure

What to do when your best players drop the ball.

Q: I had to remove a band member for moral failure, but have been accused of being judgmental. Some are saying, "We all sin and have fallen short of the glory of God." Could you clarify what moral failures would warrant removal?
—Teresa in Georgia

A: "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" (Heb. 12:11).

It is true that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It is also true that we must be careful to guard well our integrity and reputation as we represent Christ and our church. As they say, it takes a lifetime to build a good reputation and just one poor decision to ruin it.

There are two biblical reasons to remove someone from ministry due to moral failure: (1) the loss of the right to lead due to the failure, and (2) the need to regroup and put a life back together again. Individuals in this situation need time to reflect and just work on themselves. ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

January/February
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
The Lost Art of Pastoral Correction
The Lost Art of Pastoral Correction
Shepherding sometimes means loving discipline.
From the Magazine
Henrietta Mears, the Improbable Evangelical Leader
Henrietta Mears, the Improbable Evangelical Leader
A new biography shows the Sunday school teacher played a key role in the movement, and the directions its leaders took.
Editor's Pick
9 in 10 Evangelicals Don’t Think Sermons Are Too Long
9 in 10 Evangelicals Don’t Think Sermons Are Too Long
Even with recent divides in congregations, survey finds high levels of satisfaction among churchgoers.
close