By: Terry Harter on 7/26/2012
As a District Superintendent, I have, sadly, encountered forms of bullying that are not worthy of our calling as disciples of Jesus. There have been instances in which a pastor has identified someone by name from the pulpit, and proceeded to use public worship as an opportunity to carry on a one-sided conversation that has demeaned, threatened or humiliated an individual. This is an unconscionable abuse of the pulpit, and the worst kind of harassment. Likewise, there have been instances of church members verbally abusing and threatening both pastor, and other laypersons. This toxic environment will become the status quo of the group, unless challenged.