I’m close to a few Senior Pastors who challenged their people to get out of the church to minister—and the power brokers who control their elder boards ran the pastors out of their churches.

The opponents argued that church resources shouldn’t be squandered on those in the community outside. The pastors’ time, church facilities, and its finances are to be reserved for the care and comfort of church members. To suggest that pastors would have the audacity to minister to the lost, to those outside the body, and to train and lead the congregation to do the same was so distasteful that the pastors had to be removed, and they were!

A tragedy.

It is heartbreaking for the pastors. It’s far more disastrous for the congregations left behind, mired in the meaningless maintenance of impotent programs and life-sapping control.

The greatest catastrophe, however, is for those the Church continues to ignore, isolating them from what would have been provocative demonstrations of Christ’s transformative presence in their midst.

They just go to Hell.

Does the behavior of those elders remind you, at all, of Jesus’ words: “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.” [Matthew 23:13 NLT]

-Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at https://lnkd.in/gpzvYkW

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