What Happens When a Church Exhausts Itself on Fighting

Episode #814
August 15, 2023
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Some churches have the uncanny ability to prolong infighting for decades. Other congregations get to a point where the fighting creates collective exhaustion. Thom and Sam discuss what happens when a church stops fighting because everyone is tired.

    • When the fighting stops, the church is not necessarily starting to get healthy again.
    • Two groups form: those who decide to leave defeated and those who stay and become apathetic.
    • In most cases, the church takes a reputation hit in the community.
    • Pastor churn and staff church begin because few in the church want to volunteer or have any responsibilities.
    • A new pastor can get permission to lead change, but change does not happen because too few people will do what is requested.
    • The way out is through a renewed outward focus in six-month increments. Most exhausted churches can do only one thing at a time.


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