If you belong to a warm, embracing, encouraging and fun church congregation, today’s post is not for you. All I can advise is this: keep it that way, and you do this by limiting the size and power of leadership/management. When these people control as opposed to serve, you lose what you have.
We did, and so have many others: a long time ago, for a short time, we attended a quirky fun church that despite its informality, taught and empowered its members because much of the discipling came from the members themselves. For awhile it functioned, brilliantly, without a supreme leader.
And then the leader arrived. He spent the first year watching and laying plans (doesn’t this sound like what’s going on in many “free” governments today?), but once he moved, it was fast, and before the next year passed, all that was left of the church — our church — was its outer shell.
I didn’t begin to realize this until one day, at a “fun,” yet newly structured, family camping trip, a recent attender commented to me,
“This isn’t a particularly friendly church.”
I blamed her, because she was different, you know, not really upright in her life and with a sketchy past (you don’t have to slap me — I slap myself as I write that) — but she was right. Our church had changed: it had been stolen.
Is this happening to you?
It’s hard to tell, because like most takeovers, the really good ones are done slowly and subtly, but there are a few signs you can look for:
Please read the rest at my Commonsense Christianity blog, “My Church Is Being Stolen!” Trust your instincts — if things are feeling right, then they’re not right, and denying it won’t make the problem go away.
My book, The Misfit Christian, is written for the ordinary, regular Christian who is the last person listened to. Think of it: how many books, published by major Christian book publishers, are written by ordinary people, with NO connections to church leadership?
This article is linked to Titus Tuesday, Cornerstone Confessions, Simple Life, Kathe with an E, Paradise Link Up, A Wise Woman, My Daily Walk in His Grace, Raising Homemakers, Wholehearted Home, Wedded Wednesday, We Are That Family, Ducks in a Row,