Is it the person or is it the organization?

Any church can have a pastor or pastoral staff member who fails morally. This is simply a sad reality. But when a church or religious organization has person after person in leadership positions with moral failures (some of them repeated moral failures), you eventually have to ask, “What is it about this church or this organization that breeds this type of behavior?” At some point the problem is not personal but systemic and institutional and the church has to address it as such.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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1 Response to Is it the person or is it the organization?

  1. Scott Uselman says:

    Bro, I have been thinking about this for a while too. I think we need to reexamine the seemingly unhealthy pursuit of becoming amazing leaders in pursuit of megachurch status. Maybe it is the push to wink at sin in order to seem more non-judgmental and accepting of people. Sometimes it may be do our love psychology. It might even be that many preach that you can’t help but to sin everyday. Finally, many seem to tailor sermons that serve to benefit the individual instead of benefitting others. And, how many have a poor understanding of doctrine and theology because they believe that those disciplines are outdated? I’m just thinking outloud.

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