4. He tries to get followers at the church for his cause of the moment.
That is another reason he seeks positions of influence in the church.
5. He often assures the pastor and other church leaders how much he loves them and supports them.
And then he goes and stabs them in the back.
6. He loves to use “facts’ loosely for his case or cause.
Accuracy is neither required nor expected.
So how should pastors and other church leaders address the problem of church disrupters? Allow me to suggest a few ideas.
-Determine you will love them as Christ loves you and them. It’s tough, but it can be done in Christ’s strength.
- Pray for them. Seriously.
- Be on the watch for them. They can be manipulative and deceptive; they can cause chaos before you see it coming.
- Get other leaders to help you address the disrupters and their disruption. But, be aware, they will be shocked you perceive them that way.
- As soon as possible, get them out of key leadership positions. They are a problem now, but they can become toxic later.
I have my theories on why church disrupters act the way they do, but that is a topic for another post. In the meantime, be wary of church disrupters. But love them and pray for them anyway.
That is the way Christ would respond.
This article was written by Thom Rainer and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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