What would you do Wednesday!
The following scenario is based on a true story that was submitted through the contact page. What follows is the blog reader’s main concern in this church’s path to find a new pastor. The following scenario gets to the heart of the concern while not precisely describing every aspect of the situation.
A deacon friend comes to you with concerns over the pastoral candidate most of the search committee favors. He is also on the search committee along with two other pastors and three other deacons. The former pastor gave a five month resignation notice and established a search committee, but ended up leaving in three months due to some internal power struggles. The current leadership of the church was struggling even before any candidates were chosen.
Your heart broken friend explains that his biggest hurdle right now in affirming the pastoral candidate in question is that he calls people to repeat the sinner’s prayer from the pulpit using it to assure people of their salvation. The former pastor was a great expositor from the pulpit who preached against the sinner’s prayer many times.
You precede cautiously being sensitive to your friend and not wanting to bring an unfounded charge against a pastor. Challenging your friend you ask, “What exactly did the pastor say about the sinner’s prayer from the pulpit?”
Your friend brings up last weeks podcast and plays it for you without commentary.
The pastor concludes the altar call saying:
You have just heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want everyone to prayer this prayer with me. Yes, I want everyone including Christians to pray together to help take pressure off those who may still be a little intimidated. [leads the congregation in prayer] If you prayed that prayer for the first time and you meant it – welcome to the family of God!
How would you advise your deacon friend?
a. Tell him to find a new church.
b. Have him attend another church on Sunday, but keep his membership, deacon and committee position.
c. Stay at his church, but step down from his deacon and search committee roles.
d. Stay at his church, in his current roles, supporting the ministry with reservations.
e. Stay at his church, in his current roles, unconditionally supporting the ministry.