A GUIDE FOR
A SITUATION THAT THREATENS THE INTEGRITY,
REPUTATION, AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CHURCH IS A
CRISIS. IT CAN MANIFEST ITSELF IN AS A LEGAL DISPUTE,
THEFT, ACCIDENT, MANMADE CALAMITY, OR ANY OTHER
NEGATIVE SITUATION THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR
CHURCH. AS A LEADER, YOU HAVE TO PLAN TO
Deena V. Tyler-satterfield, Esq.
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A GUIDE FOR CHURCH
LEADERS: SURVIVING A CRISIS
A CRISIS IS ANY SITUATION THAT THREATENS THE INTEGRITY OR REPUTATION OF THE
CHURCH. IT CAN MANIFEST ITSELF AS A LEGAL DISPUTE, THEFT, ACCIDENT, FIRE, OR
MANMADE CALAMITY THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR CHURCH. IN THE CHURCH SETTING,
RUMORS, ACCUSATIONS, AND UNTRUTHS CAN ALSO BECOME A CRISIS IF HANDLED
IMPROPERLY. THIS GUIDE IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS THEM.
The reality of life is that crisis situations will happen.
JOB 14:1 states, "Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble”. It stands to
reason that at least some of those troubled days would result in a crisis for you and
No matter how many inspiring and admonishing sermons are delivered, every
congregation can expect to weather storms of crisis. But surprisingly, many church
leaders are caught by surprise. When you think about it, crisis in the church should
actually be expected. Millions of people flock to church carrying pain, heartbreak,
illness, undesirable histories, and unresolved troubles. The fact that those factors
can cause a crisis should not take you by surprise. Recognizing that crises will
happen helps you to prepare.
How well you survive the crisis is directly related to how well you
One of the best ways to prepare for a crisis is to learn from the crisis of others. No
doubt you have read about, witnessed, prayed for, and assisted fellow clergy and
colleagues through their own crisis. Examine the cause