Ok…it’s not scientific by any stretch of the imagination. But here’s my Almost 100% Foolproof Way to Recognize an Abusive Church.
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You are attending an abusive church if you do not know the salary of the Senior Pastor.
Seriously, if your church does not publish an annual budget including the pastor’s salary, then run for the door.
Here’s the caveat, some churches may not publish the specific salary, but are more than willing to share specifics when asked by members or at an all church finance meeting.
But to my point, if you can not find out this information with relative ease, then you are most likely dealing with leaders who are not trustworthy and are abusive. You’ll here all sorts of excuses as to why this information is not disclosed, but I’ve never heard an adequate reason to withhold this information from the people whose generosity has provided the church with it’s financial resources.
Without transparency, there can be no accountability. And where there is no accountability, abuse is ripe.
So there you have it….don’t make say I told you so by ignoring this
Almost 100% Foolproof Way to Recognize an Abusive Church.