Tighter Tolerance


1 Timothy 3:2 “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach”

Claire was making some wedding invitations the other day and remarked how she could not get them all perfectly exact and straight, and that she must allow a certain tolerance for each one. As an Engineer I also work with small tolerances all the time, sometimes down to a thousandth of a millimetre.

For the parts of a pump that are more important and functional, we will apply a much tighter tolerance, meaning the dimensions and surface finish have to be very exact to a very small degree of variation. For the lesser parts we do not tolerance them, but just give them an arbitrary value.

Greater Leadership = Tighter Tolerance

This is a picture of leadership. As a leader you become more functional to the role of the church or ministry that you lead in. Because of this there is a greater responsibility to be a person of integrity and godly character. In short there is a much tighter tolerance on what you can ‘get away with’.

Because I lead our youth ministry and preach from time to time, I have to watch my social media activity and actions very carefully. There is less that I can get away with before I get called up on it. For people that are newer to their faith or are less involved with the church, there is a looser tolerance and perhaps ‘more grace’ for them to make mistakes etc. And as the classic quote from Spiderman goes:

With great power comes great responsibility

If you are pursuing leadership, you must be willing to embrace a tighter tolerance. It means people will call you up on things and question you more often. As my friend John put it; you have to be tough skinned or transparent with what you do!


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