Resolving Problems in the Church God's Way
Do you value Christ and desire to lead your church effectively? Consider this, if we do not get a grasp on our problems and then be committed to solve them, we will fail our church and disappoint our Lord and Savior!
Here is the great evangelical disaster: the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this: accommodation. The evangelical church is worldly and not faithful to the living Christ. If the truth of the Christian faith is in fact truth, then it stands in antithesis to the ideas and the immorality of our age, and it must be practiced both in teaching and practical action. Truth demands confrontation. It must be loving confrontation, but it must be confrontation nonetheless.-- Francis Schaeffer
The key to deal with any problem is to surrender our pride to Him, then be willing to commit to a healthy solution!
This article will explore what God calls, how we are and what we can do with practical and biblical insights to prevent breakdowns and major problems from happening. In Part 2, we will look how to recover if breakdowns do occur.
The statistics for pastors who fall is about 20%. Nearly 50% of pastors starting out will not last beyond five years in ministry for reasons of burnout and frustration. Just 1 out of every 10 pastors will actually retire as a minister in some form.
To rebuild any church, whether it is from the retirement of a great pastor, the fall of another, a history of spiritual neglect from its leaders, or the slow backslide of apathy or liberalism, we have to be willing to reset. If there is no reset, the congregation will die off.
Here are the root causes that cause the problems and factions we tend to have in our churches and what we can do about them.
I often speak against pride, and I often receive objections for it. The two most common objections are: "I do not see any problem with pride, I'm proud to be a Christian, to be an American…" and "Is pride really a problem?
The Perils of the Judgmental Attitude
Hypocrisy and judgmental attitudes cause some of the biggest problems in the Church, and spill over to others outside her walls whose concept of a Church is what they observe.
How to manage gossip and slander in the Church with love and care without destroying the church!
Gossip is the Ultimate Destroyer!
Gossip is Evil and Gossip Destroys! The Word of God is clear; gossip will corrupt the whole person! The impact we should feel from these verses should bring us down to our knees. Gossip is so inviting. How often have I found myself slipping with my tongue, without the intention of doing any harm.
Gossip devastates all the good work previously done in a church! Remember this important truth; when our focus is to be mean to each other and find fault with each other, all we accomplish is the shooting of ourselves.
Do you hide Gossip behind your prayer requests? Did you know that is evil and manipulative, what God absolutely hates?
Do you Have the Nose for the News? Gossip Mongers! This was the phrase I heard from a close friend who grew up in the church but now won't go.
Gossip is Missing the Mark that Christ has for us! The result of gossip being spread and not adequately dealt with; especially by leaders, creates an atmosphere of distrust.
How to manage Hypocrites in the Church with love and care without destroying the church!
Do you have a problem with Hypocrisy in your Church? What we have here are not excuses that we can claim as a defense, but causes that can, and must, be overcome by the mature Christian.
The Extermination that Hypocrisy Causes!
When the average Joe or Joann off the street is polled on why they do not go to church, it won't be long before the word hypocrisy comes up! Why? Why do non-church people have such a negative response to the church and especially to hypocrisy?
Hypocrisy causes more problems than any other endeavor, human or satanic, in giving the church a bad name in the world! The law from within is legalism, it is the making up of whims and procedures that distract people away from the true gospel.
Pride; the Destroyer of Humbleness
Let us not fall into the trap of putting on a performance, of acting out the Christian life. Let us not play a Christian, but let us be Christian. Let our actions be responding to the transformation of Christ's grace by living honest lives.
How to run and manage committees and board meetings! Common rules and procedures for Fair and Orderly Meetings & Conventions...
What is the character in your heart and in your church? Knowing and dealing with this is the quintessential aspect that will grow or destroy your church!
More helps at getting to the root of solving factions in the church: Conflict Solving