How to Handle Disruptive People in Church?

How to Handle Disruptive People in Church?



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Pastor Michael Desroches is the founder and Senior Pastor of Spirit Life Worship Church. He has a strong burden to encourage and strengthen both believers and non-believers into a relationship with Jesus Christ through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. He is a gifted Psalmist and teacher of the Word of God.

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9 thoughts on “How to Handle Disruptive People in Church?”

  1. Excellent Pastor Mike. Much appreciated and needed! Please continue in this God honoring ministry/service for the body of Christ. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for fielding my question, Pastor Mike. That's pretty much along the lines of how it was handled. The problem here was that the individual in question has mental/behavioral health problems, so his response to being taken aside was an irrational escalation. I also consulted with my dad and ran the situation by my brother-in-law, as they hold similar officer positions at other churches within our same denomination. I wanted to make sure that there was nothing being overlooked as far as due process. The biggest reason why I wanted you to weigh in on this, was so that I could feel certain that I wasn't missing something due to the proverbial "echo chamber" effect. Though you and I are not of the same denomination, it is clear to me that the Holy Spirit is with you, and the spiritual side of the problem is where I was most concerned about a possible misstep.

    Since I passed the question along to JH6, the individual came back and caused another disturbance. This time, it was at the beginning of the service on Sunday morning, and he had an unknown object in hand that was wrapped up in grocery-type plastic bags. Without going into the play-by-play, it ended with me escorting him out of the church. The pastor called a joint meeting of the Session and the Diaconate afterward, and we voted unanimously to have him placed on Trespassing Notice.

    In the military, healthcare, and law enforcement environments, the rules of engagement for these sorts of behaviors are fairly clear. The church is not the same, and I can't just "go with what I know" or just go on instinct. I have to entertain the possibility that my instincts and perceptions could be tampered with by the enemy. The spiritual mission is the primary objective, to which everything else is secondary. The line of reasoning I arrived at as I tried my best to discern the situation, is that the physical safety of the congregation cannot be traded away for this individual's array of problems. I did not interfere with the Elders who did the talking with him, as the spiritual matters of the church take precedence. When the physical security risk posed by the individual reached the point of being unacceptable, I executed my duties as a Deacon to the physical matters of the church, successfully removed him from the building with minimal force, and saw him off property without further incident. Law enforcement successfully served the Trespassing Notice about a week later, and we've not seen him since. I would like to be able to reach out to him, but I just don't have the right to endanger others who I have a duty to protect. Am I thinking about this rightly?

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