We all have our scars, and, if we are Christian, some of these we have earned in the churches where we worship(ed). There is no doubt there are ‘mean churches’ around.
In this text, Thom Rainer tries to list a few characteristics that make a church to be mean. As a Southern Baptist, he has a lot of exoertise on this matter.
Look in this mirror and ask yourself if you worship in such a church, or not. And, if you do, try to change things, or leave. Otherwise, you will get your scars too.
Here are the nine characteristics of mean churches, according to Rainer:
- Too many decisions are made in the cloak of darkness.
- The pastor and/or staff are treated poorly.
- Power groups tenaciously hold on to their power.
- There is lack of clear accountability for major decisions and/or expenditures.
- Leaders of the power groups have an acrimonious spirit.
- A number of the members see those outside of the church as “them” or “those people.”
- Many members have an inward focus; they view the church as a place to get their own preferences and wants fulfilled.
- Many people in the community view these churches negatively.
- Most of the members are silent when power plays and bad decisions take place.
Read HERE more about these traits.
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Source, HERE)