Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I had a great conversation today with Steve Vensel the executive director of PastorServe-South Florida. (Find it here.)

But in the conversation he introduced me to the concept of “mobbing”.image   That is not something that happens at a Jonas Brothers concert or the “Battle in Seattle” at the 1999 WTO meeting. 

It happens in churches. 

Here is how Steve defines “mobbing” in a post on his website “Pooped Pastors”:

Mobbing is related to workplace bullying, organizational power factions, forced resignations, and forced terminations. Mobbing is defined as the prolonged malicious harassment of a coworker by a group of other members of an organization to secure the removal from the organization of the one who is targeted. Mobbing involves a small group of people and results in the humiliation, devaluation, discrediting, degradation, loss of reputation and the removal of the target through termination, extended medical leave or quitting. It is a traumatizing experience that often results in significant financial, career, health, emotional and social loss. Mobbing is unjust, unfair and undeserved. In a church setting the organization includes staff members, elders, deacons, and congregation members.

I would suggest checking out his full essay on it. You’ll find it here.


marion said...

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daniel said...

yeah...that sounds like every dying church that wants to find someone to blame for their collective failure to be a relevant force in their community.

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