Ways Laity Can Kill A Church
Almost every one working in Church Revitalization and Renewal has participated in a conversation of some sort discussing what can kill a church. Today I want to think upon some of the things laity with any church can do that will kill a church!
Here is a list Church Revitalization Killers:
- Celebrate smallness over expansion.
- Make public comments about how much God loves a tiny church.
- Emphasize how wonderful it is that the members know intimately everyone in worship.
- Sigh when growth begins to happen and lament about how much you loved the small personable church.
- Complain about the lack of ministry choices in the church and then refuse to volunteer to get new ministries going.
- Start going to another church because it has “more selections” of ministries to choose from.
- When your feelings are hurt or you are offended hold grudges as long as possible.
- Seek to create a wall of opposition towards anything new, which is created.
- When frustrated at your lead pastor, remain silent and keep it in so bitterness can begin to surface and anger can fill you with rage.
- Once you have heated things up at the church leave in a final blaze of glory declaring your exit and unwillingness to continue further in the present state of affairs.
- Secretly suggest to those loyal fans remaining that if the pastor would either leave or stop trying to change the church you would come back.
- Attend church with an emphasis on what you get out of it not what the Lord gets out of you.
- Never invite or bring anyone with you to church.
- Practice constitutional devotion over a faithful journey with the Lord and His church.
- Be people of the “BOB!” Knowing more about Roberts Rules of Order than the Word of God.
- Emphasize that the pastor is the one, which should do everything, and the laity are the spectators.
- Personally divest yourself from the church than becoming invested in the church.
- Sit back, fold your arms, and look bored when new things are tired.
- Transform prayer to more of a gossip time over a spiritual time.
- Gather groups in hallway conversations to gage the temperature of the conflict and assure that your opinion is prevailing.
- Seek alliances of “same minded” people that have the same concerns about the changes taking place in the church.
- Discuss openly just how wonderful the church would be if it were not for the pastor making all of these changes.
- Fail to respect the Under-Shepherd of God and seek to belittle his calling and leadership.
Well there are probably a few more but if the laity will follow this list I am sure they will destroy “their” Church! Oh wait a minute, it is the Lord’s Church and we would be wise to not forget that in the final analysis. To be fair perhaps we ought to make a list in my next blog on things a pastor and staff can do that will kill a church.
Posted on Tue, October 1, 2013
by Dr. Tom Cheyney filed under