Does your congregation have a church cartel?


Here are five of the very dangerous realities of the church cartel:

  1. When a cartel is allowed power, the church is already unhealthy. The cartel is, by its definition, self-centered and power-driven. A church is already very sick if members remain silent and do not confront this evil directly.
  2. A church cartel leaves carnages of wounded and dying people. If you have any doubts about this danger, please see my post on “Autopsy of a Deceased Pastor.” See the comments. See the pain and questions and defeat the cartel leaves behind.
  3. Church cartels drive away healthy leaders. Some of these leaders are driven away by the cartel. Others leave on their own accord because they want to be in a joyous and healthy church. Their departure exacerbates the problems in these churches.
  4. Church cartels cause church leaders to work from a posture of fear. Instead of moving forward in faith, church leaders often spend more time worrying about how their decisions will impact the cartel. These leaders know the cartel will come after them if they go contrary to the carnal group’s wishes.
  5. We are told in Scripture to manifest the fruit of the Spirit; the church cartel causes the church to do just the opposite. Galatians 5:22-23 is clear about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Church cartels bring hate, discord, anxiety, impatience, evil, fear, brutality, and chaos.


  • Reply February 5, 2017

    Dan Irving

    I tell you the truth, one of the most destructive dynamics in smaller-sized churches, lies in preferentialism amongst friends/associates/family-members. This is particularly true where the pastor is amongst those in association/relation. If the assembly consists of true members of Christ’s body, there is a potential for much harm in terms of fostering unsound teaching, bias judgment, etc. I assume seminaries warn their students on this issue?

  • Reply February 7, 2017

    Varnel Watson

    Street Preacherz + Alan N Carla Smith knows it

  • Reply February 7, 2017

    Joseph Kidwell

    Dan Irving, Bible college that I attended certainly did not warn me.

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