Eight Traits of Church Bullies

August 26, 2016
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Podcast Episode #254


Church bullies are a problem in many churches. Here are eight ways to spot them in your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Church bullies don’t just have one of these symptoms, but multiple.
  • A strong personality does not a bully make.
  • You can’t argue your way into favor with a church bully.
  • Arguing with a church bully can make things even worse.
  • Times of growth in a church often cause church bullies to try and keep the status quo.
  • The worst thing we can do sometimes is ignore problems in the church and think they’ll go away on their own.

The eight signs of church bullies are:

  1. They are among the first in the church to tell you how much they love you.
  2. They have strong personalities.
  3. They are highly opinionated.
  4. They are terrible listeners.
  5. They build unhealthy alliances.
  6. They murmur and gossip.
  7. They do most of their toxic work in darkness.
  8. They have been to several churches.

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