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May 10, 2016, 10:50 AM

Nine Ways Gossip Destroys a Church – Rainer on Leadership #212

Thom Rainer offers an interesting take on the issue of GOSSIP in the church.  I think you will find this helpful!

On today’s episode, we discuss a post from Chuck Lawless on gossip in the church and four ways to combat it in the church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Gossip is a sly and sneaky sin that can destroy the unity of a church.
  • Gossip points to self importance; ministry and service point to the importance of others.
  • There is never a time when gossip helps or builds up.
  • Once gossip is out about someone, it’s hard to correct it if it’s false.
  • Gossip not only hurts the reputation of the subject, but of those who pass it on as well.
  • If someone gossips about someone to you, they’d likely gossip about you to someone else.
  • Gossip is a very evil and destructive force within the church.
  • Churches should have an environment of trust that does not allow for gossip.
  • Every church covenant should address gossip.

The nine ways gossip destroys a church are:

  1. It’s evil.
  2. It’s idolatrous.
  3. It’s self-centered.
  4. It’s divisive.
  5. It’s often deceptive.
  6. It harms reputations.
  7. It destroys trust.
  8. It indicates hypocrisy in the church.
  9. It risks God’s judgment.

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