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I once formed a mutual encouragement fellowship at a time of stress in one of my pastorates. The members subscribed to a simple formula applied before speaking of any person or subject that was perhaps controversial.

  • T—Is it true'
  • H—Is it helpful'
  • I—Is it inspiring'
  • N—Is it necessary'
  • K—Is it kind'

If what I am about to say does not pass those tests, I will keep my mouth shut! And it worked!

Alan Redpath, from A Passion for Preaching

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