Guest Blogger

Daniel Defoe said: “And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst.”

intimidationJack is a powerful elder in a church. He’s the chair of the PNC. Now several members on the PNC decide that Jack’s highly favored choice is just not right for their church. What does Jack do?

Well, Jack goes into high gear. He visits each of the gentler naysayers and gets them to change their minds. When the committee meets together for the final vote, the few strong ones are shocked to be outvoted—they thought the majority was going to vote no.

Jack’s happy. He’s had his way.

Enter Jack’s choice into the pulpit. It’s a complete disaster. The new pastor splits the church and leaves within the year. Jack has not only hurt the church, but the pastor. Attendance is at an all-time low.

The next pastor is not Jack’s choice, and Jack does his best to drive the pastor out. The pastor builds the church back—great numbers in the pews, the choir, and in the bank. So Jack has no luck, despite his friends and his efforts to try and harass the pastor, until the pastor accepts a call to another church.

Delighted and exuberant, Jack and his buds take back control of the church—their empire.

Jack’s back. Woo hoo!

But Jack doesn’t get his choice on the next pastor. Things aren’t going well for Jack and his gang. So they do what they always do best. Slander, backroom campaigns, parking lot chats, harass—they are clergy killers par excellence. Very sad.

The pastor isn’t a quitter. He keeps going, trying his best to move the church forward. One day, he decides enough is enough, and he leaves.

Jack and his gang ride again! The church back in their hands—at an all time low.

People explain away Jack’s actions. You should feel sorry for Jack. There are some obviously unresolved inferiority issues in his past that haven’t gone away. He (and his friends) needs prayer—definitely.

That’s all fine. But Jack and his gang are doing what they want with the church. They don’t want help, they want their power and their way—a very common problem in too many churches today.

The question is, what should the good people in the church be doing? They know he’s driving their church into the ground. They need help.

What advice would you give them?