Satan hates those who are in ministry related professions, those who help bring others closer to God by assisting in their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. There are many ways he can take the leader out, but one of the most emotionally difficult ones is when the leader is attacked by people close to him/her in the organization:  board members, volunteers, donors, other leaders in the city and team members.

 

Let’s remember that Jesus, along with leaders like Moses, Joseph and Paul, were all falsely accused and had rough patches of attack in their ministries.  It comes along with the territory.  Understanding this can be comforting and makes us feel not so alone:  a student is not above his teacher.

 

Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind as we seek to become the best leaders we can be even in the middle of the messiness of attack:

 

  1. Do not lash out in defense of yourself. This is tough, but the more secure we become in God’s love for us, the better we can handle accusations.  Mark 15:4  “Pilate asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to answer?  See how many things they are accusing you of.’  But Jesus still made no reply

 

  1. Do not repeat the issue over and over to people in your world. The more you rehearse it to outside parties, the hotter you will become.  And the greater chance you will have in growing in resentment and possibly saying things you regret.  Keep a tight rein on your tongue.  (James 1:26)

 

  1. Do find 1-2 trusted, mature, seasoned Spiritual listeners who can help you discern and give a plan to move forward.  Prov 1:3 “ receive instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair.”

 

  1. Do thank God for bringing this up in your ministry, knowing that you will be refined as a leader. The enemy hates this attitude and your enemies will not know what to do when they see you respond in a gracious, humble way!   God is your vindication (Psalm 17:2) and will:

 

  • sharpen you in the matter, because there always is an ounce of truth in everything

 

  • give you greater compassion and love for people as God is always working on all of us

 

  1. Do get away by yourself, still before God and let Him love you! “Be still and know that I am God.”  (Ps 46:10)

 

Beth Bennett, Director of Coaching

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