observations and readings about church ministry ideas, challenges, solutions, and trends
Friday, April 13, 2012
Serving in an unhealthy situation
By Ed Stetzer
A couple I know was approached about working at a prominent Christian organization. They expressed appreciation for how much good the organization does, but declined the offer because they knew people who worked there used two phrases regularly: "we're miserable" and "around here, you just keep your head down and do your job."
I have encountered a number of people recently who work in similarly unhealthy churches and Christian ministries. Dysfunctional Christian organizations often do good things on the outside while destroying those on the inside.
Let me share some signs you might recognize if your church or organization is dysfunctional.
Dr. Pat Ford became a Church Consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources in 2007 after 35 years of ministry in church, university, and seminary settings. He can be contacted at 832-725-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed on Twitter at @patford.
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