Just read this and thought I would share.
Spiritual Growth is a messy Process. Leaders must assess progress carefully — is this a hard hearted “mature” Christ-follower, heading away from God and needing church Discipline so he won’t damage the community? Or is the a toddler learning to walk in the way of Christ but falling and failing as she learns to trust? Different people exhibiting the same outward behavior may actually be headed in opposite directions and need drastically different approaches to help them move forward on the way of Christ. Some need discipline but some just need patience.
— John Burke