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6 Warning Signs Your Church Culture Is Toxic

„6 Warning Signs Your Church Culture Is Toxic

Every church has a culture. But how do you know if your church culture is toxic?

Every church has a culture. But how do you know if your church culture is toxic?

More importantly, how would you know whether you’re creating a toxic church culture as a leader?

I’ve interacted with many church leaders (and readers of this blog), and the sad reality is that there is no shortage of toxic church culture stories and experiences…”
„1. The politicians win…
2. What gets said publicly is different from what happened privately…
3. You deal with conflict by talking about people, not to people…”Read the full article HERE

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Din categoria Ambition and Power, Biserica/The Church, Decadere spirituala, Forme/Structuri de conducere

The Prophesied Exodus of Saints From Churches That Quench the Spirit’s Power

„My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:4-5).

I had a dream recently of a pastor who was worshipping the Lord in a service, but all around him there were distractions. People were not paying attention, and hardly anyone was focusing on the service. Then the Spirit of the Lord showed me that there was no expectation in the service because the pastor had built a low ceiling. This is the present hour situation in many churches today, and this is an important word for ministers and saints…”

Source Charisma News

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Din categoria Ambition and Power, Decadere spirituala

Why aren’t pastors calling out sin?

„Many people are aware of 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, „If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways … .” But often these same people avoid the last command: „Turn from their wicked ways.”

It’s no secret that there is a significant shift in the church today to avoid sin and repentance. God’s Word says to confront, confess and turn from sin, whereas many encourage us to ignore, overlook and continue in it.

One popular TV preacher actually said, „I don’t talk about sin,” and was proud of it. Silence about sin minimizes the cross and makes it less offensive…” Read more>>
Source : Charisma News

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Din categoria Decadere spirituala

7 Reasons Why High-Profile Leaders Like Tullian Tchividjian Fail

„Within weeks, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic. No one is beyond the reach of Satan’s grasp. Although I’m disappointed, my faith is not shaken because only Christ should be placed on a pedestal.

Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us are drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed…”Read more>>
Source: Charisma News

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Din categoria Decadere spirituala, Pastoratie

Pharaoh in the Church: Pastors Must Stop Using People to Build Kingdoms of Man

„God is looking for leaders who are humble, broken and driven by the fear of the Lord not the fear of looking like failures to their peers. We must be a people who trust God fully.

It’s sad how much competition between churches there is today—as each pastor is working hard to keep „their people” and build their kingdoms…”Read more>>
Source : Charisma News

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Din categoria Ambition and Power

If Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage, Most Pastors Will Do This

„Americans who say they have gay or lesbian friends are twice as likely to agree gay marriage should be legal.

Fewer than half of Americans say homosexuality is sinful.

And evangelicals are increasingly at odds with American culture over same-sex relationships.

Those are among the findings of a phone survey of 2,000 Americans about gay marriage from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. Researchers found that friendship and faith play an influential role in how Americans view gay marriage.

„When it comes to support for gay marriage, a lot of it depends on who you know,” says Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research. „Those who say they have gay or lesbian friends are the most open to gay marriage. Also, regardless of friends, evangelicals are more likely to consider homosexual behavior sinful.”

Currently 37 states allow gay marriage—though ceremonies are on hold in some places, pending appeals. Later this month the Supreme Court will hear arguments that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide…”
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Source : Charisma News

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Din categoria Decadere spirituala, Influente seculare

Most Pastors Are Unaware That They Do Not Own Their Sermons!

„Many pastors have their sermons recorded on Sundays.  They are normally saved in church archives and later used to create sermon series that the pastor sells when he travels.  However, they are not aware that it is very likely that the pastor does not own these sermons, nor does he have a right to sell them for personal profit.  Why?  Aren’t those his sermons?  Did he not preach them?  Aren’t they his intellectual property?  Those are good questions.  Under current tax regulation, Treasury Regulation 53, if the sermon was recorded at a church service, using church funds, then it belongs to the church.  Any sales of sermons made by the pastor are classified as an excess benefit transaction and will result in penalties of 200% of any sermon sales.  Moreover, board members may also be liable for penalties of up to $10,000.00 each…” Read more

Source: Start Church

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Din categoria Predici

10 Pastors I’m Concerned About

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Din categoria Pastoratie

When Pastors Fall: Why Full and Public Repentance Matters | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

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Din categoria Uncategorized

John Piper : “I have five pleas to pastors”(2)

3. Be totally transparent with your fellow elders about your sources of income

These elders should not be the wealthy powerful peers from outside the church. That is an unbiblical way to lead your flock. It has no biblical foundation and it communicates distrust for your local leaders and a kind of pride that you are above their local accountability. Let all the books of your income be open to any member of your church who asks the elders. Secrecy around money is deadly. It’s a sign that something is not right so work to give your ministry the flavor, ‘we’re not like peddlers of God’s word.’

4. Live simply to show that your treasure is in heaven and not on earth

Please don’t write this off as pauper theology. There goes Piper again with his pauper theology. That is absolutely ridiculous. The kind of distortion that makes of what I’m saying is a sign of fear that what I’m saying just might be true.

Get a car that works; that gets you where you need to go. Get a car that doesn’t break down on you every few months. I’m talking about a modest entertainment budget that doesn’t eat out every night. I’m talking about a refreshing vacation, not an exorbitant one. I’m talking about clothes that are unremarkable and undistracting, both for not being shabby and not being brand driven. I’m talking about a home that accomplishes your family and ministry purposes leaning towards ordinary folks in your congregation, not the wealthiest. Read the full article here – Christian Post

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Din categoria Ambition and Power, Influiente capitaliste, Leadership/Conducere, Lux si huzur