A short while back our Church started falling apart. When I first took this Church two years ago we had an average attendance of 32. Since I have been there we have increased that attendance to over 56 despite run ins and clashes with the chairman of the deacon's wife. Now, the former pastor's wife (pastor passed away) is back at the Church attending and since then I have clashes and struggles over the leadership of the Church. She criticizes every motion I propose, attacks my every move and has an extremely sharp tongue that has hurt and run off a good many new people in our Church. for the past two months we have had an average attendance of 28. I struggled and fought to seek God's wisdom as to what I was doing wrong in the Church. I now fully believe that she has done or said something to run the people off. Tonight in worship I made mention of how some of us at times, including myself feel like tucking tail and running in the face of the fire of trials and tribulation in life and that we should remember that Christ is always standing by us, we have no reason to fear... She immediately spoke up and replied that I have a flaw in my walk because she never felt like running in the face of adversity. It was then that I fully realized all that I have mentioned in the first part of this posting. I am dealing with a hyper-judgmental hypocrite who is constantly criticising every thing I do (because it is not the way her perfect husband would have done it). My question is how do I deal with a hypocrite that is hurting our Church? She has too much political power and influence over the people in the Church and I am at a loss. Every possible solution I have I see will hurt our Church devestatingly. It is as if she has seeped into the cornerstone of the arch of our Church... remove her and it will all colapse. Her "rise" to power was so fast and subtle that I was unable to do anything about it. I feel overpowered and fully stressed. What can I do?