Podcast Episode #118
Church bullies are a real problem in many—if not all—churches. While you can attempt to safeguard your church through membership classes and high expectations, you will likely have to deal with a church bully at some point in your ministry. In today’s episode, we discuss what to do with church bullies and even how to prevent them from doing damage in a church.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Most church bullies would never think that they are bullies.
- Church bullies rarely work alone. They make alliances to attempt to control the church.
- High expectation churches are less likely to have problems with church bullies.
- Low expectation churches lead to bullying because you don’t have strong members to stand up to them.
- Church membership classes often weed out church bullies at the beginning.
- Bullies are always active in shaping a church to their preferences.
Here are the nine traits of church bullies we discussed on the podcast:
- They do not recognize themselves as bullies.
- They have personal and self-serving agendas.
- They seek to form power alliances with weak members in the church.
- They tend to have intense and emotional personalities.
- They are famous for saying “people are saying.”
- They find their greatest opportunities in low expectation churches.
- They are allowed to bully because church members will not stand up to them.
- They create chaos and wreak havoc. A church bully always has his next mission.
- They often move to other churches after they have done their damage.
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