To the Christian leader:
• With all your learning, learn to be vulnerable. Study to be wrong. More often
than you do, let yourself be seen in your naked fallibility.
• Though they may be few, you will make mistakes and even the slightest
misdirection early in the journey grows in the course of travel. Course
corrections are essential. It falls on friends and trusted advisers to point out to
the leader areas of potential trouble before they do real harm.
• To the extent that you have insulated yourself, you are vulnerable to pride and, ultimately, to folly.
• With blessing come dangers. The more greatly a man is blessed and used of
God, the less inclined is he and are his peers to question his rightness, and the
more inclined he is to question his questioners, then to think of them as
enemies and eventually treat them as such.
• Though practically all Christian leaders give lip-service to the principle of
accountability, for many it becomes increasingly difficult to live with it, and
increasingly easy to walk rough-shod over.
• Not only does power make a man feel less accountable to those to whom God
has made him accountable, it makes him feel less accountable to his own conscience.