No Man Left Behind

The other night I caught myself almost breaking the  time tested and true practice of
Leaving No Man Behind.

We run our small group ministry out of a house and all of our students (male and female) meet under the same roof.  See, I was about to leave at the house and I noticed that a female leader was chatting in the basement, leaving my other guy leader on the main floor filled with girl students.  This is where, as a youth leader is where you can’t leave a man behind.

Ministry, especially with dealing with the opposite gender, mandates that we remain completely above reproach.  Meaning, never leave another leader alone with members of the opposite sex (and even same sex).  In a day and age where accusations kill ministries, you can’t afford it for your ministry’s sake, your sake and the poor guy I almost left alone’s sake. 

As leaders, we need to be conscious of where we are and what our actions will do.  Mine might have left another leader completely unaccountable (meaning another leader wouldn’t have been able to vouch for him and his actions).  Leaving the potential for the ministry to get broadsided. 

Some may argue that I’m being paranoid, but if it keeps the ministry above boards and my friend out of trouble (remember, accusations are almost always as bad as actually having done something in this day and age).

Do you have a No Man Left Behind Policy?

You may want to count the costs of not having one in place.  It only cost me about a half hour of my time, but in the long run may pay off exponentially in avoiding needless headaches. 

I use men in this story because that is what happened in this instance, however, it applies equally to both genders. 

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