Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chuck Swindoll's message "Boars in God's Vineyard"

Boars in God's Vineyard Chuck Swindoll gave an excellent message on troublemakers in the church called "Boars in God's Vineyard." I hope you'll have a chance to hear the entire message, but if you only have a few minutes, listen to his story from 43:17-46:46. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Churches

Dear Pastor:

What makes for a healthy church? Quick growth? Tumors can grow quickly, but it’s unhealthy growth. Just because a church sees rapid growth doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. Many times it’s the discontented, angry parishioners who will stomp out of their current church and rush to the church that’s creating a buzz. The church grows, but it’s not necessarily healthy growth.

A healthy church is one where most of its members are spiritually healthy. An unhealthy church is composed primarily of members with sick attitudes.  A smaller church can actually be healthier than a larger church.  It just depends on the sum total attitudes of its members.

As a pastor, do you know how to identify a member who supports your ministry and one who doesn’t?  As you know, every church will usually have at least one or two pastor-haters. Other churches can have as many as half the congregation who are "pastor abusers." They are spiritual rebels, who will ignore all Scriptures concerning godly submission to church authorities, and their goal is to force you out of the church. Clearly, the spirit behind their hostility is not the Holy Spirit (although they will claim it is!)

A Healthy Church Member has a positive attitude. His or her main goal is to glorify God and further God’s kingdom.  A healthy member knows how to cooperate, but will be kind to you even if you disagree. This person will unify the Church and will be an encouragement to the Body of Christ.

A Pastor Abuser has a negative, critical attitude and will oppose your every suggestion and action.  This person will gossip and slander you, and will cause divisions and unrest in your congregation.  The apostle Paul tells us to “mark those who cause dissensions among you” (Rom. 16:17).  They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, which means they will pretend to be dedicated members who only want the best for the church.  Scripture exposes them, “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:14-15).  For more information, click on the cover of the Pastor Abusers book on the right.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My desire is to help pastors who have been wounded

Are you a pastor who is being attacked by mean-spirited members of your own congregation? You are not alone. It's happening to thousands of pastors who have done little or nothing wrong. Although most church members are very kind and loving people, the parishioners who are attacking you are called "pastor abusers." They've been around for centuries and have always attacked God's messengers.

Jesus instructed His disciples to leap for joy when they were hated, slandered, and ostracized. He said, "Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and cast insults at you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great is heaven, for in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets." (Luke 6:22-23).

He said, "In the same way (their methods haven't changed) "their fathers" (previous generations) "used to treat the prophets" (God's messengers). Pastors have been, and always will be, attacked for speaking the truth. Remember, the audience you need to please is God in heaven, not people.

I started this blog to give some advice that will help you as you serve the Lord.  I'll be posting more tidbits in the coming days, but this is just to get started.  You can email me at kent @