The Gadfly Movement:
History, Ideology, Tactics, and Defense

As of February 2023, I currently offer a two-hour training session for churches on the Gadfly Movement. It includes:

– an overview of the movement’s history, so your lay leaders can counter disingenuous narratives
– a primer on the Gadflies’ ideology, including why it is harmful
– an explanation of the tactics commonly used by Gadflies to gain power in churches
– information about how your church can protect itself and encourage health.

The goal of this training is to help inform and empower lay leaders before Gadflies have begun to sow conflict – but it’s never too late to help your folks get up to speed. Groups within your church that might benefit from this training include the Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee, Search Committee, and Committee on Ministry.

I am also available to lead more specialized trainings and workshops tailored to your church’s needs.

For more information, please contact me using the form below. Please include the name of your church and any information that might help me understand your situation.


“We had Rev. Sarah come in and do a workshop with a group of volunteer and staff leaders who were unfamiliar with these issues. She was fantastic! She gave us a comprehensive history, things to look out for, and even ways to address specific areas of concern that arise. And she did it all in a very pastoral manner. We are deeply grateful to her for sharing her knowledge and experience!”
Rev. Dawn Skjei Cooley