All Leaders Fail
One of or most faithful and sincere small group leaders made a mistake. That’s what he did. That’s what we all do.
The only way to avoid making mistakes is to avoid leadership.
Specific contracts between you and the Lord Jesus that you “promise to never make a mistake” do not exist. Even if you signed a contract like that with the people you lead to protect you from dishonorable or petty people, they’d simply ignore it and charge you just the same.
What we as followers of Christ have to do is make it really clear about what it takes to do what you said you were going to do–shepherd Jesus’ sheep.
One of the points Jesus made to His disciples in the Upper Room was their high calling in spite of their flaws. If your goal is to shepherd the sheep without making a mistake, quit now. You’re going to mess up, you’re going to say something you know you shouldn’t have, disregard someone without even knowing it, go home fleshy and angry after interacting with the people you lead because of something someone said to you or about someone you love. Jesus knew this before He called you to make disciples in His name.
Shepherds have to get over our fear of failure. Either that, or give up shepherding.
What a waste that would be.
One of the maxims my friends at Trueface insist upon is “grace takes the long view.” We need to give space in spite of their demonstrated weaknesses. We must keep in mind that they are new in Christ, with all the potential that brings to a human life. Now, ask God to give you the courage to believe this about yourself.