As we referenced above, Pastor John Piper’s only regret in his relationship with Mark Driscoll is that he wasn’t more effective in helping Mark with his flaws. Piper reports that he value’s Driscoll’s friendship and the time they spend in correspondence even when they disagreed.
Why this story matters for church leaders: If a friend in leadership makes a mistake, even a big one, is your main concern your reputation or your relationship?
- A point of reflection– If you take a look back on your relationship, have you stood beside a fallen friend or fellow leader in a time of personal crisis?
- Peter and the rooster– If you apply the story of Jesus and Peter after his denial, how does this change your perspective?
- Confess as necessary– Do you have relationships in your life where you can be candid and open about your flaws and struggles?
Is there someone who comes to your mind through this story who could use your unwavering support?
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