Restoration after Moral Failure

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In this 5 minute session from Leadership Network's 2012 The Nines Conference, Craig Groeschel, Lead Pastor at in Edmond, OK, talks about what to do if someone on your staff has fallen morally.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

Craig encouraged us to act quickly once we've become aware of a moral failure of a staff member. He even announces it the very next week to try and squelch rumors. What do you think of this idea? Is it good to get it out there right away, or will a bit of time help you craft the message better? Explain.
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Craig said, "Everything that you say must be true, but everything that is true doesn't have to be said." How much detail do you think needs to be shared? Why?
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Several times Craig mentioned the damage gossip can do in these types of situations. How can you encourage your congregation to not gossip?
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Notice the things Craig mentioned that they do to help minister to the person who has fallen. They care for them financially and provide counseling, accountability and spiritual care. Should you always pursue restoration? In what situations would you not allow someone to be reinstated to their ministry position? Explain.
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Craig concluded, "Tell the truth, deal with it openly and honesty, and take what the devil meant for evil and watch how God can use it for good." When you are confronted with moral failure among your staff, take some time to seek God's wisdom. Pray that He will redeem that devastating situation and bring restoration for all involved.

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