Churches generate programs in service to God’s kingdom — Sunday School, kids’ ministries, youth activities, missions, choir, VBS, outreach, small groups, recovery ministries and more. The larger the church body, the greater potential for more programs. I’m not saying that programs are bad, but do they keep us so engrossed in their operations that we miss important stuff? I was a deacon. How could I have overlooked the red flags? Does your church have regularly held meetings among the program leaders and the church leaders? Are the only meetings on church operations among the elders and the senior pastor? How does your church leadership work to keep the church body informed? Is the consult and/or approval of the church body required? Does your church hold periodic business meetings? I’m just asking.
“Was this the diatribe of a disgruntled former employee’s spouse, or was it the heartfelt expression of a former long-term church member who knew the back story not seen from the pews? Wait, this was taking place in a church I had attended for more than ten years! How much of a recovery ministry bubble had I put myself into that this would shock me so?” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 75.)
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