pastors can be abused too

"Abused Pastor" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Abused Pastor” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Members of churches aren’t the only ones who experience abuse. So may clergy!

It’s about the abuse of power. Sometimes the clergy abuse their power against their people. I’ve addressed that many times. But it can work the other way too. Sometimes the members abuse their power against their clergy.

With the clergy, the power resides in their position. With the members, the power resides in their numbers.

I know many people who’ve experienced and are experiencing abuse in their churches. I also know many pastors who have and are.

The system not only allows for it, but fosters it. The gravitational pull seems to be towards the control of others, and frequently people and systems cooperate to see that this occurs.

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3 Responses

  1. Ducatihero says:

    Thank you David, I was wondering if at any time you were going to cover this issue. In the circles I mix, I have known this to be true.

    Though the sheep in your cartoon might be more appropriately portrayed as wolves in sheep’s clothing?

    Got a copy of your latest book delivered today. You gave me a laugh with the cartoon at the back. “For the rest of my life I think I am going to shut up”.

    Nice one. If the apostle Paul has anything to say to the contemporary church then perhaps shut up and get out of your little comfort zone might be something that could pop up on occasion.

  2. Sue Bonner says:

    I love this cartoon because it speaks to an issue that isn’t often talked about. This can often happen when a pastor wants to take a church in a new direction but the church board of directors likes things to stay exactly the same. Abuse is always about power and control and if someone on the board wants to maintain their power an innovative pastor can be a threat to that. So they end up treating the pastor terribly. It truly can go both ways.

  3. Bernardo says:

    And the solution? Forget about it and go golfing !!!