Loyalty is the principal qualification of a leader, at any level.
It is a very serious sin when friends, associate pastors, staff, or key leaders become disloyal to one another, the people in their church, or their head. It can affect the work of God negatively and may even damage a church. Such people never go Scott-free; their disloyalty eventually catches up with them (in the form of reaping the whirlwind) and God Himself eventually judges or chastens them.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic. Loyalty is so vital to the success of the local church. Thankfully I’ve been very blessed to have an abundance of loyal people in my life and ministry. My success, not to mention my happiness and joyfulness in the ministry, is due primarily to the loyal people who have lifted my hands and stood with me through thick and thin. PCC would not be where it is today without them, nor would I.
On the other hand, there’s the matter of disloyal people. The Bible is full of accounts of treacherous people. My years in the ministry, and at PCC, have also given me much experience with disloyal people and disloyal associates.
I am very thankful that more have stood with me than against me.