Victory Christian Tabernacle Church
|Posted on October 21, 2011 at 8:55 AM|
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Jack Watts' recent book, Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom, (Howard Books, 2011).
A church elder yells rude, condemning words at you. A pastor tries to manipulate you and makes you feel guilty if you don’t comply. A church leader you trust sexually molests you when the two of you are alone.
When you suffer religious abuse, you must deal with the pain of figuring out how to ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 16, 2011 at 5:30 AM|
By Pastor Perry Noble
1. When excuses are made about the way things are instead of embracing a willingness to roll up the sleeves and fix the problem.
2. When the church becomes content with merely receiving people that come rather than actually going out and finding them…in other words, they lose their passion for evangelism!
3. The focus of the church is to build a great church (complete with the pastors picture…and his wife’s…on everything) ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:30 AM|
By Pastor John S. Powers
How do myths affect the local church? Present expectations confine us, and myths will keep any church in a rut. We need to be aware of the myths churches face today:
Myth One: The church is a volunteer organization.
The average church member has been led to believe that activity within a local church is strictly voluntary, meaning members can come, give, share, and participate as they please. Church rolls have too long carried the weigh...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 13, 2011 at 5:50 AM|
Why Churches Wither and Die
By Pastor Alan Danielson
I once served as the interim pastor for a small church. This church could seat 400, but only 40 came. They’d fired their last three pastors and had changed very little for 40 years. The church had been declining since its peak in 1965, and the average age of the congregation was over 70. They were bearing no fruit, and they were dying a slow death. Their “hope” was the money they had in the ...Read Full Post »