Podcast Episode #556
When toxic members are present in a church, resources are spent on overcoming the fallout of toxic members. As a result, members are less likely to invite others to church. Today, we explain six reasons why.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Personal invitations to church are a great beginning point to get your church moving toward an outward focus.
- New members and guests are often seen as threats to church bullies and toxic members because they can potentially upset the balance of power in the church.
- Being a welcoming church requires a heart change, not just a change in actions.
- Pastors are often hesitant to deal with toxic members because there is a fear for job security.
The six ways we discuss are:
- Members are not inclined to invite others to an unhealthy culture.
- Most toxic members do not like new people in the church because it dilutes their power base.
- Toxic members hinder the welcoming process for guests.
- Pastors are hesitant to encourage people to invite.
- Resources of time and energy are spent on toxicity rather than inviting.
- Toxic cultures reduce the volunteer base.
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast
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