Friday, April 9, 2010
protective or exclusive
There is a fine line between being protective within the ministry vs exclusive. A recent visit by a person that didn't quite meet the criteria of one of our groups lead to quite a discussion.
Should they be invited in even though they weren't quite at the same level as the rest of the group, or is it more important to keep the group closed not risking the unity and possibly the quality of discussion and leadership development? Tough call.
If you begin to compromise the 'requirements' needed to belong to a group does the group collapse? Or...does this exposure instead give opportunity for the group to step up - to make their faith real and to become a witness and in this way take steps toward leadership that could never be taught? We shall see.
The group decided unanimously to open their group and their hearts to this newcomer. The right decision I suspect...