This is hard to admit, but I learned this principle form Michael Corleone in “The Godfather (Part II).” In the midst of great trials, he traveled to his boyhood home in New York. An old friend asks Michael how he intends to handle all his problems. Michael responds, “Pop taught me many lessons in this house...one of them was to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
Everyone who opposes us, of course, is not our enemy, but such people should not be left to their own devices. It only invites unnecessary conflict.
We make every effort, early in our planning to incorporate those who may be bothered by a new ministry. They are allowed to voice their objections. If the church leadership can accommodate their complaints and still reach the desired goal, we modify what we initially planned. This way those who could make life harder, we’ve found, often feel compelled to voice their support once their contribution has been added.
“The Godfather” principle gives creative ideas a better chance to survive.
Leadership, Volume XIV, Number 3, page 25