Mar
11
2013

Church Apologizes to Three Decades of Pastors

If you’ve been a pastor for more than ten minutes, you have heard of churches that churn through pastors and staff. For one reason or another, the church can not keep people for more than a couple of years before they are looking to go somewhere else. Sometimes it is the pastor’s fault, other times it is a stiff necked congregation, whichever it is, it is depressing… and significantly lessens a church’s spiritual impact. Earlier this week Todd and I came across the story of a church in Indiana that recently brought back a series of former pastors for a service of corporate repentance.

Through the service, the church recognized its rebellious spirit over three decades, and apologized to several pastors by performing a foot washing service.

This afternoon, Todd and I talk about this service, the church, and the lessons that we all could learn from them.

Have YOU ever taken part in something like this?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.

  • Dave

    The pastor should be commended for making strides to clean up the sins of the past. We applaud that. What is sad is that it is the new pastor making the gesture. He wasn’t even there when the offenses took place. It would be very meaningful if the members who offended or enabled the offense to take place – if they asked for forgiveness. It would be great, too, if people offered to make it right – found a way restore the pastors’ reputations, dignity and hurt family – that would go a long way as well. Again – even though the pastor wasn’t the offender, it’s commendable that he make a step in the right direction.

    Thanks for posting this.

    • kbvessel

      This is a point of need for many church “fellowships” and I commend the pastor for his heart and leadership. I was a in a church where I led a chorus one morning and one of their members came to my office on Monday and wanted to “slit my throat” because He was so mad at me. That kind of activity was allowed and even fostered by the church poiitical machine.

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