September 26, 2009 Tony Morgan

5 Warning Signs of a Personality-Driven Church

The current issue of Outreach Magazine includes an interview with Brad Abare and Phil Cooke about personality-driven churches. Here’s a paraphrase of the list of warning signs that Brad and Phil identified in the interview:

  1. The pastor doesn’t go on a vacation for any significant length of time. And, when he does, it isn’t announced.
  2. When the pastor doesn’t preach, the attendance drops.
  3. Unspoken fear that if something happened to the pastor, the church would be in trouble.
  4. The pastor is unwilling to listen to and consult other team members. The staff and volunteers are there to carry out the directions of the pastor.
  5. There’s no succession plan in place; therefore, leadership development isn’t happening.

Do you agree with Brad and Phil’s analysis? What would you add or subtract from the list?

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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