This week cover symptoms often found in dysfunctional churches. The list is not meant to be critical but eye-opening. There is hope for our churches, and that hope is found in Christ. Some highlights:
- If there are severe theological errors in a church, it may no longer be a true church.
- Force-terminated pastors are too common.
- The average tenure of a pastor is about 3.5 years.
- There is a misperception that unchurched people are not receptive to invites to church. That is simply not true.
- Churches that are “family-owned and operated” are often among the ones that close each year.
- If you ever look for a perfect church, you will not find it.
The six symptoms of a dysfunctional church that we cover are:
- Severe theological errors are pervasive in the church.
- The church is known as a “pastor-eater.”
- The congregation experiences severe conflict.
- Hardly anyone in the community knows the church exists.
- The church is declining while the community is growing.
- The church is “family owned and family operated.”