An author and pastor-friend of mine writes about a funeral for a war veteran in which the man’s military buddies had a role in the service. The friends requested that the minister lead them to the casket for a moment of silence. They would then follow the pastor out a side door.
The plan was carried out with military precision—until the minister marched them into a broom closet. The soldiers had to make an awkward retreat.
That pastor made an honest mistake, but it illustrates that leaders must know where they are going. As go the leaders, so go the followers.