When your pastor says, "If you don't trust me, you don't trust God," run.
People were created to love God and neighbor. They were created to care for and keep the world [Genesis 2:15]. To create flourishing. They were not created to sow power and reap abuse.
It all started so well. A good looking and humble guy. The first book of Kings describes King Solomon as a godly man. He "loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father." And if that wasn't clear enough, when asked by the Lord what his desire was, his response was to ask … Continue reading Solomon: From Riches to Rags
Margo served her Senior Pastor well. Too bad he was a wolf in sheep's clothing.
If every church were filled with Jacobs, the redemptive arm of God would radically change our communities.
Susie spent 3 years serving an abusive and lying pastor.There's no way but out.
Jacob simply described his Pastor as a narcissist. But, it took over an hour for him to describe all the destruction wrought by his Senior Pastor while Jacob served the burgeoning church plant. Jacob had studied for two years in college before he and his wife joined a church that had been a church plant, … Continue reading The Narcissist Pastor: Jacob’s True and Painful Tale
The motives behind the popular "Jabez's prayer" need to be the Christian Leader's motives.
A friend of mine who suffered under abusive leadership recently said, "I have come to believe that it all comes down to money." Awfully cynical don't you think? Unfortunately, there is little doubt that many organizations, businesses, and churches have become toxic because of just that: money. The God Who created the universe and sent … Continue reading Liberty U: Slaves to Image [& $]
"There’s a cross-section of the dechurched community that suffers not from a lack of faith, but a lack of trust."1 Often the "dechurched" have lost faith in "organized religion" because their leader was misusing the church's finances, according to John Richards. As I sat discussing my experience under a toxic leader with a fellow traveler … Continue reading Financial Integrity: Stewarding Leadership