This article is part of the Dear Pastor series.
I have both good news and bad news for you and your church.
Bad news first: the single biggest threat to the life and health of your church is already on the inside of your church walls. That greatest of threats is not external. It’s not slander or persecution or even some terrible act of violence perpetrated by an evil attacker or group in the throes of Satan—not to make light of such trials, however severe. Great as they may be, imposing as they may seem, Christ keeps quite the record of building his church through such external threats and attacks. In Christ’s strange and wonderful economy, the most awful of external tests often serve to strengthen the hearts, and join the hands, of God’s people and spread the reputation of Jesus for good as his church rallies with patience and resilient joy.
No, the biggest threats usually come from within. And…