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Small Church Politics – Part 2

 —  November 21, 2013 — 3 Comments

(READ PART ONE TO CATCH UP ON THE DRAMA – What to do with ‘That One Family'”)

1) Stick to the plan: Never negotiate with terrorists.

2) Make sure others help you create the plan: Easy to take one person down with blame; not so easy when others helped create the plan. 

3) Stay away from toxic conversations: As soon as you get pulled into one, you lose. You’re the leader and nothing you say will be kept secret.



Does any of this sound familiar? “I don’t care what the youth do as long as they don’t change my service.””Do you know that some of our young people are using those tablet things in church? That’s not the real Bible!””If the youth band leaves their drums up front, I’m leaving the church.”

Comments, folks? How do you deal with the swirling politics around the “change of newness” in your church?


Stephanie Caro

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Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…well, a long time – 30+ years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. Her latest books are, “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker,” published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie is Senior Consultant for Mark DeVries’ Ministry Architects and the director for their Small Church Ministry Architects division. She and her hubby, Steve, live in Houston, TX. All 7 kids are grown and out – praise God!

3 responses to Small Church Politics – Part 2

  1. I’ve found when it comes to especially some of the older folks in the congregation, being pro-active as a youth minister and reaching out to them goes a long way. By going to some of their events or just sitting down with them and talking and listening with and to them, it has helped the older generation in my church be excited about the young people being there. Instead of griping about them, they smile and tell me, “Well, I don’t get it myself, but if it’s bringing kids closer to Jesus, okay.”

    It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, but it pays off huge in the end.

  2. Lately I’ve been struggling with “change” at my church. Seems to me that all of our staff is talking like they understand the need for change and they want to change, however, it isn’t happening. I love my fellow staff members but how do I motivate them to actually take the plunge!? Such a struggle when you’re the only one on staff making the effort to restructure your minatory both in content and in appearance.

    • Stephanie Caro

      Nick, that IS so frustrating isn’t it? But here’s another way to look at it: what if you are the one with the spiritual gift of vision or prophetic wisdom? What if its your job to be the envelope pusher? To challenge the status quo? Just thinking…

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