I was reading through a number of articles at www.batteredsheep.com. Some interesting and thought provoking articles on dysfunctional churches.
Here is one significant attribute of a dysfunctional church:
The key indicator is control oriented leadership, ministers who have a need to “lord it over the flock.” Abusive leaders demand submission and unquestioning loyalty. The person who raises uncomfortable questions or does not “get with the program” is cast aside.
Sounds familiar. So does this article.