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When Church People Behave Like People

Carey Nieuwhof
Carey Nieuwhof Monday February 1, 2010
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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.

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Carey Nieuwhof is the founding pastor of Connexus Church, a growing multi-campus church north of Toronto and strategic partner of North Point Community Church. Prior to starting Connexus, Carey served for 12 years in a mainline church, transitioning three small congregations into a single, rapidly growing church. Carey is the author of several best-selling books, including the Amazon #1 best-selling Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow. He is also the author of Leading Change Without Losing It and co-author of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. Carey writes one of today's most widely read Christian leadership blogs at www.careynieuwhof.com and hosts the top-rated Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, where he interviews some of today's best leaders. He speaks to North American and global leaders about leadership, change and personal growth. He and his wife Toni live near Barrie, Ontario and have two sons.