What About Responsibility And Transparency In Leadership

#22 From several questions it appears that many people within the congregation are saying if our leader would just admit when they are wrong and take responsibility when they miss it we would be more willing to follow, so I think we are at a place where people are saying we want more transparency from our leadership and we won’t stone them as we have in the past. How do we become more transparent without it hindering our God given mandate?

 

Answers

 

  • David R Huskins for me transparency is only created in an atmosphere of acceptance and that should be available to the congregation and the leaders. I think what hinders our God given mandate is perhaps not so much the lack of transparency but in my life I have seen the hindrance to be more from the idea that there is a different standard for those in the following role than there is for those in the leading role. I think both in the pulpit and the pew it behooves us to remember we have this treasure in “earthen vessels” that the excellency all be of God and not of us no matter our role. I strive for daily honesty and transparency and when I am not it is not a lack of desire sometimes it is a lack of knowing myself at that moment what I have done wrong or not having processed it.

  • David R Huskins upon processing a wrong I try to always be quick to publicly and privately admit it but not so “people will follow more willingly” because that can be a control factor from the congregation. Control is wrong if done from the pulpit to the people or from the people to the pulpit. Mutual love and submission is the way of the New Covenant not control. I think however there is another underlying problem here and that is our infatutation with peoples behavior pulpit and pew…more transparency may or may not be the solution in all cases. I think we really need to consider the fact that God is able to deal with HIS own when they are wrong no matter who they are and allow for HIS adjustments in private before we demand public transparency. As we are all a work in progress so grace to fail is as important as grace to save in my opinion.

  • Gregg Wilson Well said David. The most noticed wrong is the ones we ALL do and habitually repeat. God being separate from man. Any such thought, speech or teaching. Even in the phrase “New Covenant” This covenant does not require anything from us. It’s description is Diatheke…….covenant of ONE. Difficulties are in the misunderstandings. Even our deeds are transparent, thank you Father.

  • Clara Shope Respect of persons is a big one.

  • Gregg Wilson How do we become more transparent without it hindering our God given mandate? “reevaluate the mandate, the greatest of this is it’s foundation, Love”. Many are totally poured out for all who they touch. This is how transparency is rightly discerned. I have been privileged to be in such company, including many, of you. Let us not differentiate among the days, because ‘the end of days” has said, it is finished. peace

  • Shannon Galon For years I searched for healing, and help. I was told many times, “we don’t know how to deal with this, go here, maybe they can help”. I stopped searching and stayed still long enough to heal when I found a church where I was finally told, “We don’t have all the answers, but we’ll go to the Lord and figure it out together. I learned from them, grew to love them as family, and I think they learned from me too. That’s the body, working together, growing together, learning from eachother, and loving above and beyond human capability. I don’t think we need to all be so transparent that we’re airing our dirty laundry to everyone who will listen, but be real, not placing ourselves above, and be willing to say, “I don’t know, let’s ask Him together.” To me it was a lifesaving gift.

  • Jimmy Huggins Also remembering it ain’t about us(pulpit or pew). From either side it ain’t about either all about him. I think it’s easy for eitherppit or pew to forget who Christ is in them

  • Jackie Hyatt Lacy Authenticity in relationship regardless of gifts & callings is necessary for true relationships to develop. Ministry leaders need genuine relationships as much as anyone.
    I was taught you can not be transparent with those in your church or they won’t respect your leadership. This is a lie and has made many churches relationships superficial at best. This lie destroys the possibility of real fellowship. It is only 
    true if the leader is projecting a false image and not openly revealing their heart. I have been “warned” by a few that transparency is dangerous and eventually I will get hurt. Well, I have lived a guarded ministry life and i got hurt and disappointed anyway. I will err on the side of grace, truth, openness and transparencyI i may get hurt but love is risky. Love also never fails! i want to pastor a church where everyone from the pulpit to the pew is celebrated not tolerated. ❤

  • Tony Pannell Transparent without it hindering our God given mandate?. I think there is a misunderstanding sometimes about ministry or people with gifts. God didn’t choose people who were perfect to minister to the body. The book of Judges is a good example. When you look at the list of people God chose to lead his people, they were people with problems and afflictions like everyone else. Study the chosen in Judges. One was a man with a withered hand. Another was a son of a harlot (a bastard to the Israelites). Everyone knows Samson’s downfall! Many others. Even a woman was chosen in a culture where women weren’t allowed to speak in public. In our society and in the church we have had a hard time separating what we do from who we are. We attach problems, addictions, ect to the person, rather than looking at the person God created and separating their actions from the individual. We failed to realize, God called people who were no different than anyone else in the church. They just happen to have been given a gift, that maybe others don’t possess. When the leadership realizes they are no different than anyone they are leading and the people that are being lead realize that the leaders are no different than them, maybe then we can all be more transparent with one another. Leaders will stop looking at themselves as above the people and realize they were called to serve and the people will quit putting them on a pedestal as objects of worship ( not all but some do).

  • Bert White First I think that learning to love as God loves us is an immense challenge to begin with and in a nation that applauds vilifying our leaders when they stumble or sin, it is quite apparent that we like the world distance ourselves from our leaders when they fall (self-righteously so I might add). Our leaders must be given permission to take off the mask that we helped create. When shame, blame, denial and the likes are fueled by a religious system, invariably it is human nature to avoid transparency. 
    If ever we need grace … we need to learn how to extend it to our leaders. This is a truth that I learned through great personal suffering (at the expense of my own family I might add). I don’t think that creating a soft place to fall just happens, it must be cultivated. For ages we have lived under the domination of performance so it is quite understandable that leaders are tempted to dawn the mask of ‘I am fine, we are fine, God is good all the time’ when things really are not. As Brenning Manning says “We create an image where everyone admires us and no one truly knows us.” Years ago I learned five simple aspects of grace that I have experienced in my life and I feel that are essential ingredients in creating a transparent atmosphere. 
    1. Humility attracts grace – Just be honest – (use wisdom when you do)
    2. Grace changes our life focus – Refocus the attention upon Jesus
    3. Grace lets God handle our sins and failures – Stop trying to please God and just exemplify trusting Him
    4. Grace like nothing else melts our masks – The Truth of Who I am is greater than what you see
    5. Grace changes how we treat others – Learn to extravagantly forgive
    I think that it is the responsibility of leadership to cultivate the atmosphere of grace among those who they lead. If we as leaders learn to take off the mask and help others not wear the mask, I think that it would produce a greater aspect of trust and accountability based on mutual love and respect.

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