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4 Questions to Identify a Repeat-Offender Church


How do you accurately assess a church that expresses interest in you, particularly if there have been serious problems in its history?

At Titus Task Force, which provides interim pastors for troubled congregations, we suggest four questions to identify congregations likely to break your heart.

DO I KNOW MYSELF?


Even troubled churches frequently have attractive qualities. While most pastors understand their strengths and weaknesses, a desirable location or compensation package can skew that perception. Likewise, disillusionment with a current setting can make the grass look greener almost anywhere. These factors can lead people to minimize obvious problems.

Before interacting with a search committee, list your strengths and weaknesses. Know your cultural preferences so you can identify individuals who share your interests and lifestyle. Without a common perspective, conflicts are inevitable.

Then, determine your non-negotiables. What issues would cause you to walk away? Finally, examine your ...

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