22 Sep '14, 6pm

"We must measure 'success' by fruit of the Spirit, not numbers.

While churches associated with denominations often have structures in place to hold pastors accountable, non-denominational evangelical churches sometimes do not. Preserving some form of accountability is absolutely crucial to maintaining a healthy, non-abusive church, so I would urge all churchgoers to become familiar with how your church leadership is structured and to watch out for authoritarian leaders who seek to consolidate power to their office . If your pastor has little to no accountability, and if your questions about accountability are met with hostility, leave. Also, I would argue that groups who organize national pastor conferences should not invite pastors who refuse accountability to be featured as speakers, as Driscoll often was. Christian media, too, must do a better job of reporting on the organization structure and finances of evangelical mega-churches. ...

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