A mediation meeting in the personal injury case against Steve Wingfield and FCCF/Christ First is set for April, 2023. I’ll be going through my previous posts to bring you up to speed on the story line. You can keep up with court dates with this link:
The biblical design for a church includes elders not only to minister to the body, but also to give good counsel to the pastor/minister. What happens when the senior minister rejects the wisdom of the elders and sets forth church policy in opposition to that wisdom? What happens when the senior minister installs his son as the next in line to be senior pastor without consent of the elders or calling by the congregation? Is this not a red flag for those of us in the pews? Is the senior minister to be held responsible by the elders, or does the senior minister rule over the elders? I’m just asking.
The elders were not in favor of passing the senior minister position to his son, as evidenced in this section from their memo to the senior minister.
From the book:
“The elders have prayed, met and discussed on several occasions your question and proposal for transition into the role of Senior Pastor.
The elders affirm your preaching, knowledge of the congregation, knowledge of church growth factors, evangelistic zeal, and your pastor’s heart. As an associate pastor in our congregation your contributions have been an important part of our continued growth and we affirm your contributions in these areas. All of the elders agree that we would like for you to continue as our Associate Pastor.
We all also agree that we are uncomfortable with a long transition plan . . .” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 18.)
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