When a Leader Fails, How Long Until They Can Be Restored to Ministry?

 When a Leader Fails, How Long Until They Can Be Restored to Ministry? We answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:


  1. It is a red flag if a person who has compromised their ability to lead is focused on a timetable for restoration more than personal transformation and repentance.
  2. Restoration of fellowship should not be confused with restoration to leadership.
  3. A fallen leader may or may not ever be restored back to the same level of ministry, but that does not mean that person cannot be forgiven.
  4. Pulling someone who has been wounded by their own sin out of frontline ministry is the most loving thing you can do.
  5. The fallen leader’s goal should not be restoration to their previous position; the goal should be walking in humility before the Lord and others the rest of their life.
  6. Trust is earned, it is not deserved.
  7. Make sure the leader is exhibiting godly sorrow, not worldly sorrow.
  8. One of the best ways to lead others and restore trust is to NOT demand they consider you trustworthy.
  9. Restoring intimacy with Christ through confessing and forsaking is worth infinitely more than any job, position or title.
  10. There is no probationary period with your Father in heaven. Come to your senses and He will run to you and slaughter the fatted calf for you.


“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17

“He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.” Proverbs 28:13

“…appoint elders in every city…namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.” Titus 1:5-6

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a citadel.” Proverbs 18:19

“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10

Recommended Resources:

What Does The Bible Say About Covenant Membership And Church Discipline?

What Is One of the Biggest Mistakes a Pastor Can Make?

Check out the story of “The Prodigal Son” in Luke 15:11-32

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