The Church Bully and How To Respond

Churches are full of bullies. They may not be as obvious as you think. I recommend that every church leader read this.

Small Church Shepherds

March 15, 2019 • Jonathan Greer

It’s 2 a.m. and I just can’t sleep. In the last 3 hours I have seen 3 different pastors post about struggling with discouragement and stress in their church due to bullies. It breaks my heart for them and brings up old hurts from when I had an experience with a bully in church. So I wanted to write about 3 common traits of a church bully and 3 responses for the pastor who finds themselves the target of the bully.

3 Common Traits of a Church Bully

Constant Passive Aggressiveness

A bully rarely comes right out and faces you one on one. While sometimes this can be the case, in my experience the bully will be passive aggressive towards you at church, on social media, and in private communications like texts or phone calls. You see this especially with feigned support or involvement…

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