SIDEBAR: Dos and Don'ts of Honest Transparency

by Herb Cooper with Scott Harrup

  • Do admit you have struggles just as your congregation does.
  • Don’t be specific about last week’s sins.
  • Do emphasize the joys of your marriage.
  • Don’t give your spouse any reason to doubt your confidentiality.
  • Do mention names when there is an opportunity to offer thanks or give a positive example.
  • Don’t open yourself to libel charges by naming names in negative examples.
  • Do be honest when an innocent mistake calls for a new direction.
  • Don’t wring your hands or blame others.
  • Do expect your people to listen to you; the expectation will energize your preaching.
  • Don’t become disillusioned by those who don’t.