About four in ten pastors (38%) say they left a pastoral position due in part to conflict. The harsh initial feelings and residual hurts are not easily assuaged, and many pastors move on because of it. This survey shows the impact on pastors and leaders
Churches are natural nesting places for damaged people, so the church is inevitably called upon to manage high levels of anxiety. In circumstances where many other groups would say, “We’re just not putting up with this sort of behaviour,” and would expel the person who is seen as the source of disruption, Christian fellowships will typically be reluctant to do so.
After fourteen years of experience one church consultant and conflict specialist declared, “I have not yet been in a church that has a decent set of understandings of how to deal with differences when they arise”
Can you think of any greater privilege than to be called to be a leader in the church of Jesus Christ? The church is his Body, his Bride, the Temple of his Spirit, his Flock, his Army, and his Family.
Can you think of any greater responsibility than leading his church?
This is why God's Word gives us such challenging requirements for Christian leadership. The standards are high, for both the church's vitality and the leader's vitality.
True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life.
In the CNBC, it is the local congregation that initiates and schedules an ordination, not the convention.
About the CNBC
The CNBC is a network of churches who give themselves away for the kingdom of God. With over 400 churches across Canada, we believe that God's primary vehicle for impacting the world is the local church. The role of the CNBC staff is to network churches with each other to see God add New Believers, New Disciplemakers, New Communities of Faith to our family of congregations all who are transforming their communities for the Kingdom of God. Our vision is to see 1000 healthy churches by the year 2020.