Dory over at Wittenburg Gate is writing some very good posts about control in the church. This happens to be an interest of mine that I've been studying for about 25 years now, so I think I know a thing or two about it. She has hit some nails squarely on the head, so I hope you will go on over there and read the two posts she has already put up. As more in the series appear, I will keep you updated.
Part 1 of the series is Controlling Personalities in the Church.
Part 2 is Controlling Personalities in the Church:The Warning Signs.
And for further reference, my own website--covering control and codependency in the home, the workplace, the church and in governments-- is The Faustian Covenant. Each page has reading lists at the bottom divided into General reading, much of which you can obtain from your local library; and Christian reading.
The page on church control is Control and Codependency in the Church.
Actually I had already planned to do a series on this topic later in the summer after my revival series, so stay tuned.
My research showed me that the major reason for too much control in churches is what is called the set man structure. This is where the pastor--one person--basically runs the church. But it isn't Biblical as the first century church wasn't run by one person; but by a group of elders, one of which was called pastor-teacher. Adrian Warnock has a good post about this problem, Churches Lead by Teams of Very Different People Change the World.
Too much control and the resulting abuse is one major reason (but certainly not the only one) that many are leaving the church. What do these church expatriates do after leaving? Bob at TotemtoTemple takes this subject on in his post, Which Church Will YOu Flee To Next?.
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