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    ‘WolfWarning’ Keeps Pastors Ahead of Church Troublemakers

    “This site is our advance warning system,” says pastor Jeff Wheeler of Green Valley Baptist. “It’s long overdue.”

    WolfWarning was started in 2006 by a pastor in Corvallis, Ore., who was tired of seeing troublesome Christians bounce from one church to another, causing the same types of problems. The website now has local chapters in 112 cities.

    “When pastors hear about this, they latch on real quick,” says the founder.

    WolfWarning is restricted to members and is full of dossier-like “files” on people who’ve been identified by a pastor as a wolf. The pastor gives that person a “wolf rating” to indicate how troublesome he or she was. A rating of 1 or 2 means a minor annoyance; 9 and 10 mean a bona fide church-splitter.

    Premium members get an alert each time a new wolf is posted.

    “It can be addictive,” says one pastor who slips out during Sunday morning worship if he sees someone in the audience he suspects of being on WolfWarning.

    A perusal of WolfWarning files finds comments that range from “Distracting, flamboyant worship style,” to “Always complains, never volunteers,” to the more serious “Tries to seduce lonely single mothers.” A typical post from January reads, “She prophesies in a harrowing wail, usually at end of worship time. Accuses pastor of quenching spirit if stopped. Wolf rating: 5.”

    A pastor in Austin recently changed his sermon because he recognized someone from WolfWarning in the pew on Sunday morning. The “wolf” reportedly would join a small group and take over discussions to preach his own version of the prosperity message. The pastor remarked during his sermon that anyone who spoke more than 3 minutes total in their small group meeting was “probably full of pride.” He encouraged people to set an egg timer to keep people from going over time.

    “That guy never came back to our church,” he says. “WolfWarning helped me protect my flock.”

    Pastors who belong to the growing WolfWarning community adhere to a code of ethics that includes “no ax-grinding,” and “no posting until you have honestly tried to shepherd this person for 6 months, or until they leave.”

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    [Lark News] -- When Brent Libby started attending Green Valley Baptist church, he was surprised at the icy reception he received. The reason: the pastor knew all about Libby. He'd read about him on, a website which chronicles bad behavior by local church-goers. Libby's file included a photograph and comments written by his former pastor that said, "Argues with me over minor doctrinal points after every service. Thinks he knows Greek. Not interested in maturing, just debate. Wolf rating: 3."


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    1. Peter Hamm on Fri, January 05, 2007

      I need that!

    2. Wendi on Fri, January 05, 2007

      But I want to know if they can spot a wolf in sheeps clothing - - - those guys (and gals) are really tough to spot!!


    3. Rev JEFF on Fri, January 05, 2007

      Where do we sign up for this and how much is it?!?!?!?

    4. Chris Reed on Mon, January 08, 2007

      This is shameful. I hope it is a joke! Pastors be shamed in your arrogance that you would abandon the gift of discernment in your own spirit and look for another “pastor’s” interpretation of a man’s character. This is an open door of stupidity that pastors walk right through while the enemy howls with laughter at the slaughter.

    5. Peter Hamm on Mon, January 08, 2007

      Chris, maybe you’re new around here. Friday posts usually are jokes! The tag listed above is “church humor”.

    6. Chris Reed on Mon, January 08, 2007

      Whew, (deep sigh of relief). Okay, my righteous idignation has subsided. Thanks for letting me know. Is there a way you can make it more obvious that this is joke? I’d like to forward some of your materials but never do because of things like this. I know it is perhaps meant as humor, but it is too easily mistaken for something serious.

      So, were those other people being sarcastic in their postings, saying they needed this wolfwarning site? Okay, call me dumb. Is this MMI site for a circle of people that already know each other and “understand” the humor?


    7. THOMAS on Mon, January 08, 2007


    8. Jan on Wed, January 10, 2007

      It’s okay Chris, I’ve done the same thing, and sometimes I read stuff and my blonde roots show!

      I know this is a joke, but the sad thing is that we face people like this every week.

      We have one guy out to get us, who is a former pastor (in a different church) and has never left a ministry happy.  He’d be at the top of my wolf list!

      But the flip side is that we are called to love these people.  It’s pretty hard to love someone who you just want to take a baseball to ...

    9. Brian La Croix on Wed, January 10, 2007

      Hi Chris!

      The story is from a place called, a Christian parody site.  It’s a bit edgy at times, but it’s fun.

      And I’ve been “caught” by these before as well.

      There was another great place (I can’t remember the name - it has been down for a while) that offered the same type of fare.  I borrowed one of its stories - about a church that expelled all members who wouldn’t read “The Purpose Driven Life” and posted it to an e-mail group I owned.  I wanted to see how many would react before checking it out, and there were a few.

      Have a great night!


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