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Six Traits of a Church Disrupter

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By Thom Rainer He is almost in every church. In fact, the “he” may be a “she,” but I’ll use the masculine pronoun for simplicity. He is the church disrupter. Unlike church bullies, the disrupter rarely attacks leaders directly. He is good about stirring up dissension, but he seems to always feel like “God led me to do it.” He can have a gregarious and pleasant personality (unlike the typical church bully), and can thus attract a following for a…

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8 Reasons Church Conflicts Often Burn out of Control Quickly

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By Chuck Lawless As a pastor, I sometimes felt like I spent all my time putting out fires in the church. It might have been right for me to deal with the fires, but I seldom caught the fire before it started burning more brightly than I wanted. Here’s why the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly: Church leaders have too little training in resolving conflict. What we have learned, we’ve often learned the hard way: in…

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Feelings Versus Faith

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In pastoral ministry, we are constantly being challenged to live by faith.  Our natural tendency is to slip back into decision-making that is based on our feelings and not on our faith in God. The feelings that dominate our decision-making are rooted in fear, self-preservation, frustration, discouragement, and anger. As a pastor, I cannot make ministry decisions (or even life decisions) based on how I feel or how I think someone else may react. I must make decisions based on…

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Why Dying Churches Die

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By Thom Rainer The doctor told my dad he was dying. Our family physician was a kind man, a true friend of the family. But he was firm. Dad was on the short path to death. My father, then 58 years old, had been smoking for four decades. I suppose his time in the military in World War II proved to be the primary impetus to his taking on the bad habit. His peers smoked. There were hardly any voices…

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Waiting on God

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Pastors are often placed in the position of having to wait on God. Think of the number of times in the past month when you had to wait on God. You are waiting for Him to answer prayer, to mend a relationship, to change hearts, to heal brokenness, to restore health, and to move in the congregation. Why is it so difficult to wait on God? Perhaps it is because we just don’t like the idea that we don’t have…

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