It was the middle of a Sunday service. The music was done, and I got up to pray.
Suddenly, from my right a woman rushed at the pulpit, ran up the stairs, screamed something, threw a book at me and started back down the aisle. I paused for a moment in mid-prayer, taking in the situation.
Almost every church faces it from time to time. How do you handle those individuals that aren’t quite right?
It might be:
Satan works in many ways to disrupt our services. However, in these instances, he uses real people, with real problems. They can be very distracting, and some are potentially dangerous.
How can you protect your church while dealing with the distraction? Here are a few things that will help:
Train your ushers and greeters.
Train yourself and your team.
Be Cool and Respectful
You can’t control anyone, but in the middle of a critical situation, you can minimize the impact.
Once you have the person contained or redirected, get back to the service. You don’t need to spend a lot of time on the situation. If there was a major disruption, have the congregation pray. If it was a little disruption, move the service along. In all situations, keep an attitude of respect and God’s love.
The reason I paused for a moment before continuing the service when Pam threw the book at me was to make sure that my ushers had it under control. As soon as it was obvious that she was leaving the room, I finished the prayer and moved on with the service. Later, I discovered that her disruption had less impact than I realized. Half the congregation was completely unaware that anything had happened. They thought someone was being touched by the Spirit.
What distractions have you had to deal with?
How did you handle it?
What training do you have for your staff and volunteers?
Kim Martinez is the founder of Deep Imprints, which she created to help church leaders, pastors and Christian professionals. Click here to visit the blog.