What would you do Wednesday!
One year has passed since the congregation voted to affirm your pastor. He is one of five pastors who have equal authority in the church through the congregation. But he is also functions as the preaching pastor who has preached 95% of the sermons in the pastor year.
Today’s sermon was different though – the preaching pastor just resigned at the end of Sunday’s sermon.
Church members were called to the planned order of business after the time of worship. One of the pastors explained that issues over the last two months have caused four of the five pastors to call for the resignation of the preaching pastor. And today, as indicated at the end of the sermon, would be the preaching pastor’s last day on staff.
One church member asks why he resigned. And asked why he resigned without bringing it before the church?
The pastor taking questions offered that some issues were discovered over the past two months about the preaching pastor. Upon further reflection, the other four pastors unanimously decided that the preaching pastor should resign. He then pleaded with the congregation to “trust us” because the other pastors know this is best for the church. And it is also best not to share the issues that lead to the resignation least gossip ensue.
Thunder rolled through the pews as the congregation grumbled.
What would you do?
- Trust the pastors and move on.
- Trust the pastors, but try to get a few last questions answered.
- Give them one more chance and warn them you’re leaving if they don’t answer.
- Organize a movement among the members and demand answers.
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