7 Signs You are Primed for a Fall

A couple years ago I heard Jim Sheppard tell a group of church planters that the quickest way to take down a church is for the pastor to have a moral failure. The truth is, a pastor’s falling not only significantly hurts the church, but it impacts the congregation in ways that we will never fully understand. This is why it is so important for pastors to not only be on guard, but know the signs that they are heading down a bad road. Chuck Lawless recently shared his list of warning signs on Thom Ranier’s blog:

  • Being overconfident
  • Suffering emotional and physical fatigue
  • Failing to pray
  • Growing distanced from Jesus
  • Trying to hide in public
  • Lying
  • Escalating denials

This morning, Todd and I discuss the warning signs, share our experiences, and some ways to prevent a fall.

What warning signs would YOU add?
How have YOU dealt with these behaviors in YOUR life?


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.