How do you handle anonymous letter in your church?

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  1. piaairline

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    Hello! Just wondering what your church does when an anonymous letter to the pastor pops up? Does the action taken depend on the content of the letter?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mexdeaf

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    It gets filed in File W (wastebasket). Unread.
     
  3. saturneptune

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    Each one that pops up, we take the concerned member to the back of the church and give 40 lashes with a cat-o-ninetails.
     
  4. Pete

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    Put it in the anonymous incinerator... [​IMG]

    Read it first though just in case [​IMG]
     
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    If someone does not have the backbone to sign their name, then it gets put in the trashcan.
     
  6. Ben W

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    Have it DNA tested, check our files, then review that persons weekly protection money commitment.
     
  7. Brother Bob

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    What if they were in trouble their kid on drugs etc and wanted someone to pray but wanted to remain anonymous, don't you think we should at least look at it and then make the decision?
     
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    Brother Bob,
    On the serious side, even though I cannot recall an anonymous letter, it seems to me this would be about the same situation as raising hands for an unspoken prayer request. So, yes, I agree with your point.
     
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    Read it and then make a decision what to do with it.Just think how many anonymous "letters" have been read on BB?
     
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    The story is told that Spurgeon recieved such a letter...it simply said "FOOL!" In which he shared it with his congregation and said the following. "Often times I have recieved letters with content yet no signature, this is the only time I have recieved a letter with a signature yet no content"

    I love Spurgeon!

    J
     
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    Prayerfully and carefully consider the content. If led to do so, call in the chairman of the deacons. Pray with him about it. Let the Spirit move everything that follows.
     
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    I read it...but if it's a list of complaints or junk, I toss it.
     
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    I agree. Read it. If it's an anonymous prayer request, then deal with it, by all means.

    If it's a complaint, judge the merits of it. There are many reasons that a letter might be anonymous. Maybe the person is shy. Maybe he wants to let you know something without being confrontational. Maybe he's just in insignificant jerk.

    Judge the merits instead of tossing it unread.
     
  14. TaterTot

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    How can you know its anonymous if you dont read it? lol.

    We have had one. It was about another staff member at our church. Read it, pondered it, and chucked it, never telling the staff member. I think its cowardly.
     
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    For all those who disagree with anonymous letters, what's the difference between that and a sugestion box? wouldn't they both be in the same catagory. I would think a pastor would be more pleased to receive a letter of concern (which had merit and truth of course) from someone he didn't know the letter was from, so as NOT to allow Satan to use that info to cause bitterness, resentment and a judgemental attitude towards the author. but allow the letter to actually speak to his heart as comming from God and not man.

    There are many good reasons for not signing a letter. But if the author is really wanting some kind of change or a response he should sign his name.
     
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    Can you share these "good" reasons?
     
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    1 Timothy 5:19- Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

    Can an anonymous letter qualify as a witness? (Assuming the anonymous letter is directed at the pastor.)

    Dr. Lee Roberson always looked at the bottom of his mail and if there was not a signature there he trashed it. At least that is what he told us he did.
     
  18. Frenchy

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    yeah there were quit a few in my OP.
     
  19. Frenchy

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    only a pastor with too much pride would worry who wrote the letter. doing what is right in God's eyes should be the main focus. if the letter is contrary to God's word and his best for the church, then throw it out. if it isn't see how God can use it to make things better. doesn't matter who wrote it?

    Please tell my WHY IT WOULD MATTER? so that person can be "marked" or "labled"?

    Focus should be on the MESSAGE not the messenger
     
  20. TaterTot

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    It has nothing to do with pride. Most churches have a troublemaker or two, and if its from one fo them, then most pastors would probably disregard it. If its a sincere issue, I think most would hear it with an open heart.
     

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