Pastor Sam Powell has some good biblical analysis of abuse in several blogs. He discusses both abuse in the home and in the political sphere. I would like to share one of his here. Thoughts on Psalm 129, from a sermon preached at First Reformed Church, February 9, 2014. Many a time have they afflicted … Continue reading My Only Comfort: Sam Powell on Abuse
The following is an academic study of personality disorders and other behavioral problems toxic leaders commonly have. A full diagnosis of an individual should be made by a trained professional, but these descriptions can help those unfortunate enough to be a subordinate to a toxic leader. Alpha Males & Queen Bees Alpha males are described … Continue reading What’s Their Problem: Diagnosing Toxic Leaders
As my wife and I began to experience a particularly toxic boss, we had little understanding of how someone could be incredibly malicious in one moment and act like our best friend soon after. One moment Betty was yelling at my wife and that evening she was all charm and sweetness. The interplay of kindness … Continue reading Toxic Personalities: Disorders and Other Such Rot
In my own experience with toxic leaders, it was common to hear 1 Peter 2:18 quoted or paraphrased by those who wished to protect the authority of leaders. I quoted it to myself at various times while suffering under leadership abuse. It is often interpreted as a theological barrier to the accountability of Christian leaders. … Continue reading Submission and the Harsh Boss: 1 Peter 2:18
The following is the story of a reader who wishes to share the abuse she has faced both as a wife and in a Mission organization. Add Mary's (not her real name) story to the ever-expanding list in the news of abusers among the powerful - it is not just outside the church! I’ve encountered spiritual … Continue reading Mary’s Story: Abuse of Leadership in the Home & Christian Organization
How do the church and parachurch organizations create toxic work environments ? If we know the answer to that question, maybe - just maybe - we can save our witness to a watching world from the pit! Millard Fuller (Habitat for Humanity), Father Kit Cunningham (Roman Catholic priest in Tanzania), Jimmy Swaggart (Assemblies of God), … Continue reading Toxic Waste Inside: Creating a Culture for Toxic Leadership
Does Matthew 18 apply to the confrontation of an abuser?