Without knowing it, most pastors today are harming thousands of people while trying to save one person. You ask, “How so?” Well, one of the main problems with pastoral leadership today is most pastors are plagued with so much mercy and grace that they spend untold hours trying to save a person. Usually this person is; a. either a staff person who is well loved but totally ineffective; or b. is a dysfunctional member of the church who constantly causes disruptive hell
In both cases such graceful action may or may not save the ineffective or dysfunctional person but it always results in less fruit for the Kingdom. Ineffective staff causes the Kingdom and the local church to not only fail to reach new people but also loses members who are looking for a leader. Dysfunctional, disruptive people cause healthy people either to leave the church or not return after their first visit.
The problem here is that too many pastors are like counselors than transformers. They focus more on getting along than on rocking someone’s boat. In other words, they see pastoral care to be the main thing about ministry. As long as this is the primary emphasis of a pastor, then thousands will go unchanged while a handful of ineffective and/or dysfunction people continue to get their spiritual diapers changed.
What is needed today are pastors whose primary task in life is bringing in the Kingdom by focusing on the transformation of people and society. In other words the primary need today is leaders who think like missionaries with the apostolic gift of transformation. These kind of pastors have no time to waste on the ineffective and dysfunctional staff or members. Instead they show them the door. In the final analysis that is the ultimate gift of mercy for both the congregation and the Kingdom. It makes no sense wasting tons of hours trying to save one while thousands pass by our churches everyday untouched with the Gospel.