SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2016) -- Bullying is a form of intimidation often identified with school rooms, locker rooms and internet chat rooms. But the church? The refuge where we are admonished to love one another as Jesus loves us?
Yes, says the Rev. Todd Kingrea, and it can be just as damaging there as elsewhere. He addresses the issue and how if affects church ministries in his new book, "Bullied! Confronting and Overcoming Six Major Obstacles to Church Effectiveness" (eLectio Publishing, 245 pages, $16.99 paperback). Kingree has been in ministry for 16 years, the last two at Soddy United Methodist Church.
"The book developed from my observations, first as a pastor and even as a lay person before I went into the ministry," says Kingrea (pronounced KING-gree). "I saw certain patterns repeating themselves, certain personalities that tended to dominate a meeting. I have been the victim of bullying in the past and I have colleagues who have gone through it."