When Church People Behave Like People
Carey Nieuwhof
February 1, 2010

You and I lead imperfect organizations.  And sometimes that disappoints us.  As much as we think we’ll be part of the perfect church (or start the perfect church), eventually people’s flaws surface (including our own). Bottom line: Church people will always behave like people.  If we think of the early church as idyllic, please read […]

<? echo $type; ?> When Church People Behave Like People

You and I lead imperfect organizations.  And sometimes that disappoints us.  As much as we think we’ll be part of the perfect church (or start the perfect church), eventually people’s flaws surface (including our own).

Bottom line: Church people will always behave like people.  If we think of the early church as idyllic, please read 1 Corinthians.  Ten minutes into that book I promise you that you’ll be glad you are not leading them:  people were having sex with their father’s wives, suing each other and giving up hope in the resurrection.  (And all that was after conversion too.)

My temptation as a leader is that I can despair when the church behaves like the church, simply throw my hands up or I can even drop down to a lower level of behaviour.  But this thought gripped me recently:  When the church behaves like the church, leaders need to behave like Jesus.

Jesus loves the world.  So much so that He died for the world and the church was born.  Jesus calls the church His bride.  His beloved. Love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).  There are seasons where Christ confronts us for sure, but mostly, He loves us.

There are (many) days when the church behaves like the church, and on those days, you and I need to behave like Jesus.

What’s the hardest part of loving the people in your church?

What are some of the most challenging moments you’ve faced and how have you overcome them?

AND Check out one of our submissions for a contest started during Orange Week.

If you host a family experience- send us a 3-4 minute audition or highlight video.

Your Cast might win free tickets to Orange 10 and be in the Bare Bones Showcase!