We have maintained contact with one pastor from our old church as he is very concerned with the changes and the emergent message. He did email today and shared that the lead pastor is planning in some way to address the issues with the emegent church. This is good news, but I fear it may not go far enough. I hope that the church recognizes the influence of Dallas Willard and others (Beth Moore, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren) is part of the problem. There is a disconnect with the “emerging” side, not realizing they are headed in the same direction. Emergent have just gotten further down the path. Maybe we should meet with this lead pastor, at least to point to the truth and to his responsibility to adhere to it and preach it. He cannot make the elders change their votes and change the system, but he can preach the truth even if it risks his job.
On another note, we were called last night by an elder asking if we knew why people left (there are others, of course). Specifically, it was asked if changing the children’s midweek program was the issue, which it wasn’t by itself. He also asked about another couple’s reasons for leaving, which I felt was not entirely appropriate because we may know what we’ve been told, but should we be sharing? In general is one thing, but a specific couple is another altogether. It’s starting to sound like they at least notice the numbers headed for the door and want to fix this problem. However, if they have been following the Warrenite system, they will expect this loss of people and will be proud of themselves for getting through this rough time. We shall see in a few years how they’ve handled it…and if they’ve changed or not. My husband is not at all interested in going back.