We had a sporting event to attend today and we saw a couple who still attends our former church. Immediately, we were asked if we heard about the pastors who have been let go. We explained that we had (by social network no less…so many people have commented). We don’t really know details, though we have picked up on some (see previous post). We learned that people in the church, at least some of them, were given an email and told the pastors did not fit with the rest of the staff. There had apparently been some sort of “communication difficulty.”
What struck me immediately was the confusion and hurt expressed by our friends. They were completely shocked and couldn’t understand why this had happened. Why would a pastor of about 20 years suddenly not fit with the staff? Why would a popular pastor who has been there for over 6 years be dropped for communication difficulties? There is no moral failure, no sin issues on the part of the pastors let go. No power plays. I guess the email had a quote in it pertaining to the split between Paul and Barnabas. Somewhere there was a fight, and our former church claims it to be biblical.
What of the hurt of it’s members? What of the issues in this church? How can these leaders request everyone to not be divisive when they have forced two pastors out based on division?
I pray for people who are still in my former church, may they open their eyes! I pray for those who have been hurt by decisions of leadership in this church. I think something stinks.