Some Symptoms of a Sick Church – in no particular order:
- The preacher becomes an automatic member of every committee and uses his influence to exert control.
- Committees tend to abdicate their power in favor of the preacher, taking his word for gospel.
- The preacher tries to place people, associates or family, who are in favor of his plans or actions, into key positions within the church.
- The preacher feels he has to be involved in every important decision.
- The preacher’s recruitment priority for new church members has wealth as a criteria.
- Lots of money gets spent on the pastor’s pet projects.
- There is talk that the preacher is not always totally honest, and tends to blame others for his mistakes or shortcomings.
- Corners get cut in long-standing church business procedures.
- Members begin to leave as they realize some of these things are going on.
- There is friction between the preacher and those staff or members who are in a position to know about some of the questionable decisions and events.
Of course, it’s probably a bad sign if the preacher or any of his associates have a history of causing problems or stealing money at their prior church or churches.
Just some things to watch out for… See my earlier post.