OK, OK . . . a bit of a stretch right? No, I’m not saying let’s all dress up as Batman and storm the church looking for Joker. But what I am saying is that The Dark Knight provides church leaders with a lesson that can be of extreme importance as we carry out what God has called us to do . . . to lead.
At the end of Dark Knight Bruce Wayne (in Batman mode) decides to take the blame for crimes Harvey Dent has just committed so that the public will not blame their White Knight (Mr. Dent) and in so doing crushing the public’s already fragile morale.
Why did Batman decide to do this? I mean Harvey Dent is dead at this point. Why not just let him take the blame and to heck with the public? Because Bruce Wayne decided long ago that Batman’s biggest purpose was to be whatever Gotham needed: a hero to save victims in the moment, a symbol to inspire the people of Gotham to fight evil and create a new city based on higher principles, or a scapegoat, providing the people with someone to blame. For Bruce Wayne it’s not important that Batman be a hero . . . but that he stick to his mission whatever the cost.
Alright, so what does this have to do with church leaders? Do you have a defined purpose for what you are doing in ministry? Is it ingrained in the fabric of who you are as a leader? If not, it might be wise to take some time out and process this because there will be moments when that is all you have to hang on to. Moments when people in the community or even in your own church might disagree with your decision and go on the attack or when Satan attacks you with all he’s got in order to knock you off track. If your purpose is defined in that moment then personal attacks will sting a bit less because you KNOW what God has placed on your heart: your vision, your purpose, your reason for doing what you do.
With a clear purpose, the personal attacks that can show up in ministry will still be hard to deal with but manageable because you know why you are on this journey called ministry. Satan would love nothing more than for you to not have a defined purpose, send storm after storm your way, and then to chew you up and spit you out onto the sidelines.
Know your purpose in Ministry and then go after it with all you’ve got!