Nine Thoughts on Church Splits

April 5, 2019
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Church splits aren’t quite as prominent as they used to be, but they can still be a problem for some churches. Today, we discuss nine reasons for them.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Churches that split are more likely to die than those who don’t because of the negativity that comes along with the split.
  • If someone has been part of several church splits, it’s likely they could be part of the problem.
  • “Inactive church member” is an oxymoron.
  • An entitlement mentality is almost always found in churches that split.

The nine points we discuss are:

  1. A church that has split is likely to die.
  2. The negative community impact of a church split is great and enduring.
  3. The majority of church splits focus on the pastor.
  4. Church splits typically originate from power groups in the church.
  5. Some church members have actually been a part of several church splits.
  6. Church splits are typically preceded by inactive church members becoming active members.
  7. Church splits are more likely to occur in “country club” churches.
  8. Some churches still split over doctrinal issues.
  9. Some churches still split over financial issues.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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