“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Messiah. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Yeshua Messiah.” Galatians 1:10-12
In the above text, Paul is free from human dependency, his ministry has no man as crutches. People are free to come and people are free to go. Paul is not playing the people pleasing game.
The hardest people to deal with in a ministry is an offended person. Because of fear of offending people many pastors hold back truth, as a result their influence is grossly reduced.
When offended people leave. They stop building, they stop giving and they stop supporting , they stop following .
When people get offended they quickly forget how impactful your ministry has been, how you have been a blessings to them, how you have help them grow.
Proverbs 18:19 says, “An offended brother is harder to win…” Why? All an offended person care about is leaving. They leave the ministry , the leave the position, they leave the task, they leave the group.
Leaving is the tactics of offended people. They know that “their leaving” will create questions in the minds of people, leaving will sow doubt in faithful followers. Leaving will reduce number. So offended people use leaving the ministry to punish the leader, or to hold him hostage.
THE LEADERS VICTORY
Don’t be overly concerned about who leaves or who stays. Never beg those who leave to return. Don’t give people too much power over you. John 6:33 tells us , that Yeshua turned to the other disciples and ask them if they too want to leave.