Browse Worthy: Bully Pulpits

Since we have posted articles on pastoral failure and bullied pastors, let’s add to the collection by pointing to some good articles on pastors who give the term “bully pulpit” altogether the wrong meaning. Having tended through the years to some dear souls who have been roughed up by rogue clergy, it is a real danger and we need alerted to the damage it causes. Faithful shepherds also must be reminded that the biblical term for bullying pastor is a wolf in sheep’s clothing(Matt. 7:15). We have a responsibility to warn about them, speak against them, and silence them (Acts 20:28-30; Tit. 1:10-11).

Pastoral Bullies | Erik Reymond

Using the story of Eli’s sons who misused their priestly office, Pastor Reymond gives us “six problematic patterns with pastoral bullies.” This is a good line for examining their ministry: “Consider what they do with the Word of God. Is it preached, or is it used as a prop to support the pastor’s selfie stick?”

Healing Congregations Wounded by Clergy Sexual Misconduct | David Murray

Reviewing a book on this subject with the above subtitle, Pastor Murray offers a helpful list from the book on how to best aid the victims who are often forgotten. “It’s heart-rending to read the impact of pastoral abuse of power on people’s lives even decades after the offenses.”

John Piper Says Bullying Pastors Abuse Authority and Should Be Rebuked | Stephanie Samuel

Though an older article, Pastor Piper explains further what these bullies do and how they should be addressed. He encourages members not to be afraid to approach a pastor with a “pattern of serious shortcomings” and share their concerns. “His reaction to you will tell you a lot.”

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