Several years ago, I accompanied my son to his new high school’s orientation and the principal began his speech with what he called non-negotiables. One was, fighting. The other was cheating and I don’t remember the rest of them. I kind of like that concept. I’ve been comforted lately by listing what my non-negotiables are as a leader and a pastor. Here they are.
1. From time to time I would hear that “we are not being heard.” I will listen to anyone but I will not accommodate negative, disruptive and problematic attitudes. There is a difference.
2. I will not make room for prejudice, judgementalism and religious elitism.
3. I will not apologize for aggressively reaching those seeking shelter from the cold walk without God. They are the priority for all of US.
4. I will not allow abuse to me or my family. I will confront…
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