• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#11

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Ever wondered what Donald Trump is really like? No? Me neither really. Yet we’re bombarded everyday with someone’s opinion of him. What is the truth? In reality, God only knows! Fake news is just another spin doctor’s term for making gossip. Gossip to thrill or kill. They don’t seem to mind, just pay them their fee! What about the gossip we can offer for free? Free to our neighbours, our colleagues our family and friends. It may be free, yet at what cost?

In the Marriage Course by Nicky & Sila Lee from Alpha, the book is full of ways to correct unhelpful habits & poor communication. Asking questions simply like, “How good is your communication?” You see, we’re not communicating unless someone really hears us, and we don’t really hear someone unless we truly listen.

Some people in church seem to work in the opposite way, especially in how they speak about the leaders behind their backs, passing on destructive gossip not constructive advice. And if you’re sat wondering who that is in your church, it may sadly be you! In Timothy’s letter in the Bible there is this advice about leaders, “He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” (1 Tim 3.7) Make certain we are not the one setting the bait in the trap! Teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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