Bad Medicine

Over the years, I’ve seen churches adopt terrible policies because they misdiagnose and then overprescribe a solution to the wrong problem. It’s the “bad medicine” dilemma. It’s tempting to overcompensate when something goes wrong or isn’t going well. After all, we want to fix it. When the church swerves to a particular side, we leaders can, if we aren’t careful, jerk the wheel so far, so quickly to the other side we cause a more serious accident. We can overprescribe a solution that hurts the church even more than what initially ails her. Why does this happen? Because leadership is anxious and reactive. Reactivity is a constant and formidable enemy of leadership.