How To Recognize Toxic Church Culture

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Family Standing and Praying in Church

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You’re encouraged to neglect your family

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a devoted member of a ministry, but when your devotion is causing you to neglect your family — especially your children — that’s highly problematic. One of the most stomach-churning things to witness is when parents are pouring all of their time and resources into the church or church-related work while investing nothing into their children. It’s often said that if you take care of God’s business, he will take care of yours, but that doesn’t exempt you from checking that child’s homework, combing her hair, making sure she has clean clothes to wear and meeting any other physical and emotional needs that she may have. If anyone ever tries to tell you otherwise, it’s a red flag.

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