Political capital is a powerful force in churches. Probably people will say we do not play politics in church. All people are equal. And there are a ton of other good saying to state. Well, the reality is that political capital is a powerful force in a congregation. It can come from various sources like family tenure, giving, position, respect, and personality. All people have some level of it in a congregation. A member that is a large giver can use some of his political capital to get his way. Lets say that he wants to have a special day of prayer. Well, the elders might not be that excited about it, but hey, Fred is a good guy, and we like him, and he gives a lot, so lets do it. The elders get behind this work because of the political capital that the member has. But lets say, Joe wants a prayer day, he approaches the elders, and they are not opposed to it, just nothing happens. He did not carry enough capital to push the elders to action. But if Fred, next month make another demand, and then another, after a while, the elders will say, we are done with this. He is trying to rule the church or some other statement that writes this member off. What happened, the member spent his political capital. In churches, all leaders, ministers and state holders have political capital. Preachers do, and you see them create issues in a congregation when they push too much, too fast, without making investments into the lives of people to establish capital. If you have loved people, been there for them, they will allow you to spend some of your influence to move a congregation forward. But if you have developed none, than people will resist that individuals ideas. Elders can do this, as well as members, they can outspend their budgets. It is not that people are totally opposed to the idea or the direction, it is that they are just being pushed too much and too far. And the pusher is losing respect in the congregation. Not that he is a bad man, it is that he is going into debt in political capital. This causes people to shutdown serving that individual. Some problems exist with this as well. Sometimes people think they have it, but really do not. This could be from having just one group of friends in the congregation. Of course, all the people you hang out with think it is a great idea, because well, you have it with them. But the rest of the congregation, you have not invested in, therefore will not support the person’s ideas. We hate talking about this, and maybe this is not the way it should be, but reality is, often this is how congregation work. There is always this balance of gaining and spending political capital for leaders.
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