Last week my friend Rick Howerton opened up his new blogwith a post entitled: "When to Abandon a Small-Group Member." Here was the full text of his post:
Never! There is…
No sin to too decadent
No opinion too controversial
No revelation too disturbing
No sickness too time consuming
No need too costly
No conflict too intense
No addiction too immoral.
Luke 15:11 - 24
I thought that was a pretty cool sentiment, and so I re-tweeted the link to the post. A few of you re-tweeted it as well.
But then I got the following email from another SmallGroups.com reader:
"Nice sentiment in Howerton’s blog post, but I have to disagree with him. I had to ask a group member to leave once because she would go into rages during the group. I tried meeting with her personally, but she would fly into rages against me. I finally blocked her phone calls because they were giving me panic attacks."
So, before I give my opinion on this matter, I thought I would open things up to all of you. Is there ever a time when a group leader should "abandon" a group member?