It is paramount for believers in authority to understand their roles and responsibilities which come with the titles they hold. The Bible says whom much is given, much is required. It is one’s duty as a leader to direct people to the word of God in all circumstance.
Sound doctrine in this day and age has become scarce. I can’t fathom how easy it is to come across worldly counsel in the church.
We have allowed the enemy to influence our thoughts in many ways including emotions and sometimes our past. Being a leader and disciple in Christ means there’s an exposure of people requiring counsel from you from time to time. This position is delicate as in some cases you’d be the bridge between life and death for a fellow believer. When faced with challenges as such, firstly, pray and ask for wisdom from above. One can not counsel without The Word.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
Search within your thoughts for the above qualities; it is unwise to counsel for selfish desires and ego boast.
Secondly, It is dangerous to speak heedlessly as this could cause more harm than good. Be attentive and compassionate.
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each other.”
Thirdly, be cautious in making reference to past experience that you’re yet to be healed of. It is better to avoid if possible, as emotions could set in and you may unknowingly lead a soul astray due to hurt and pain. Nevertheless, it’s good to use your experience as means to strengthen and encourage.
Also confidentiality is key! Whatever you’re told is for your ears only unless stated otherwise or someone is in serious physical danger. If you feel the need to share with a third party, ask permission before doing so. Gossip is an unwise act! A lot of leaders have lost souls and respect from the church for breaching confidentiality.
Lastly, the pulpit isn’t a platform to vent your anger and frustration on an individual. Addressing issues in person and in prayer is far more profitable.
The role of leadership comes with a level of trust and responsibilities which shouldn’t be taken lightly. The flocks are not yours, they are God’s; therefore lead and serve wisely by The Word.
1 Peter 5:2
“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as oversees, not by compulsion but by willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
I’m praying for you.