Chuck Lawless: 10 Ways to Deal With Sacred Cows in Your Church

I was surprised to learn that both my friend Thom Rainer and I dealt with sacred cows in our blog posts yesterday. Apparently, this issue is an important one. Here are some options for dealing with a sacred cow:

  1. Affirm it. Actually, others may recognize a sacred cow before you do if you’re directly connected with it. You may, in fact, be part of the problem.
  2. Ignore it. This may be the easiest option, since a “sacred cow” by definition is already entrenched in the church—and may well have been around long before you came to the church. Just ignore it and hope it will disappear.
  3. Idolize it. What I mean by “idolizing” a sacred cow may surprise you: It’s being so frustrated by it that you allow it to dominate your thinking and your attitude. It becomes your God if you can’t give it to God.
  4. Pray about it. Because emotion and tradition usually mark sacred cows, it’s wise to seek God’s direction in dealing with one. Ask Him to help you understand the wisest approach to follow. He might even take care of it in an unexpected way.
  5. Challenge it. To challenge a sacred cow is to give its leaders one more opportunity to prove its value. This option offers both time for leaders to make a difference and time for you to plan for the gentle death of a sacred cow if necessary.

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Source: Church Leaders