Six Ways Toxic Members Deter Invitations to Church

July 23, 2019
Episode #556
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When toxic members are present in a church, resources are spent on overcoming the fallout of toxic members. As a result, members are less likely to invite others to church. Today, we explain six reasons why.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Personal invitations to church are a great beginning point to get your church moving toward an outward focus.
  • New members and guests are often seen as threats to church bullies and toxic members because they can potentially upset the balance of power in the church.
  • Being a welcoming church requires a heart change, not just a change in actions.
  • Pastors are often hesitant to deal with toxic members because there is a fear for job security.

The six ways we discuss are:

  1. Members are not inclined to invite others to an unhealthy culture.
  2. Most toxic members do not like new people in the church because it dilutes their power base.
  3. Toxic members hinder the welcoming process for guests.
  4. Pastors are hesitant to encourage people to invite.
  5. Resources of time and energy are spent on toxicity rather than inviting.
  6. Toxic cultures reduce the volunteer base.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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