Followership: Not Always Easy (3)

Sweet ends his exploration of the challenges that attend true followership by commenting on the courage to take moral action…

Most everyone reading this book has both witnessed and heard stories ad nauseam of pastors and Christian leaders who behave disrespectfully at best, abusively, or downright un-Christlike at worst toward staff members.  At times this manifests itself in firings, chidings, and semipublic humiliation.  By turning their heads or closing their eyes and mouths to such behavior, the nonattacked staff members offer silent sanction and sanctuary to the abusive leader.  Courageous followers, however, take moral action not in the form of mutiny or maligning, but as accords with the situation and in a Jesus way” (p. 53)

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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