Growth brings new members to ministries, groups and church social functions. Leadership may shift with the incoming influx of members. Many members are simply not comfortable with new attendees changing long-term relationship patterns. They would rather obey the perceived mandate of the Great Comfort than the mandate of the Great Commission. Thus, the church exists for me, myself and I. It’s all about my worship style, my programs, my ministries and my pew.
The confrontation was probably one of my more sobering moments as a pastor. The woman, a long-term church member, used the classic moment right before I preached to tell me God had spoken to her.
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He told her under no uncertain terms that I was supposed to leave the church.
My first challenge was to figure out why God had told her and not me. It...
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