This post is the third in a series from my time at the Exponential Conference in Orlando, FL last month. I will post several others in this same category. I invite you to browse all of the notes that I took.

Exponential: Avoiding Moral Failure

Orlando, FL
Speakers: Brian & Amy Bloye
Topic: Common Threads of Pastoral Moral Failures

Text: 2 Corinthians 11:3

Date: April 25, 2012
Satan is targeting us.

What are some common claims of the deceived?

  • There is always someone close that they get involved with (it’s not a stranger).
  • There is always deceptions.
  • There is always secrecy.
  • There is always a lack of connection between spouses (They became business partners).

Who is suseptible to moral failures?

  • Adventure-seeking, adrenaline junkies
  • Visionary types
  • ADHD types
  • Competitive guys
  • Workaholics
  • People who appear confident, but are a bit insecure
  • People with narcissistic tendencies.
  • People with more spiritual passion than they do Bible knowledge (Ignorance of the Bible).
  • People with a lack of discernment, especially in themselves?
  • All of us in the ministry world are susceptible!

How can we prevent moral failure?

  • We have to recognize that this is a Jesus issue (Colossians 9:9-10).
  • Question: Is Jesus enough? (Even if your church isn’t a numerical success?)
  • We have to count the cost and embrace wisdom (Proverbs 5:1-9).
  • We have to admit that something is broken.

Notes & Quotes

  • You must intentionally prioritize your marriage over your ministry
  • Book Recommendation: When Godly People to Ungodly Things by Beth Moore
  • God did not call us to plant churches so that we can be worshipped.
  • If I am not pointing people toward Jesus, chances are I am pointing people toward me.
  • Many people are deceived into thinking that God is simply giving them a pass on their poor moral choices. If that’s you, you are being set up!
  • If you are struggling with unconfessed sexual sin, please do not plant a church!