Revitalizing a Church When You Have a Power Player Against You

Episode #046
June 21, 2018
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Leading in a church revitalization can be difficult when one or a few people are working against you. Today, we discuss how to lead through this situation.

Today’s Listener Question:


I have a church bully problem. One church member, whose name rhymes with Dodger, keeps making ends runs around decisions I make and is generally undoing things as I try to do them in our revitalization. I guess he’s not a bully as much as he is a foe making power moves on me and the staff.

Episode Highlights:

  • Church members often want change until it means they have to change, too.
  • It’s hard to be negative toward someone when you are praying for them.
  • Sometimes it’s easier to lead around people than over them.
  • When you have a power player in the church, it will inevitably lead to a negative situation in the church.

The seven tips when dealing with a power player are:

  1. This situation is not uncommon, even if everyone said they were on board
  2. Begin with prayer
  3. Try to decide if the blockage is a workaround or clash of the titans
  4. Enlist others to help
  5. Focus on the positive where you can
  6. Be aware of the energy vampires
  7. Only as a last resort, ask the power player to go

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