So, the church split; and, as the elders requested, we all ‘moved on,’ except for the survivors. There was no ‘moving on’ for them. What was the church doing for them?
From the book:
“The six months went by in a split-attention sort of way as Everyday Fellowship continued to grow closer as a church family. The membership dwindled as several people found larger, well-established churches to attend. The smaller the congregation became, the tighter the bonds between us grew. The announcement that Steve would be returning as senior minister came in January. Those who had gone back to FCCF to help with a possible restoration returned to the Everyday Fellowship fold, recognizing that FCCF would go back under Steve’s leadership.
At the end of January 2016, the elders announced the return of the beloved celebrity pastor. In a way, they played the victim card in the post to the church’s Facebook page. The church administration, as they had said many times during the height of the fray, was moving on. They mentioned the need for higher giving due to the drop in giving the previous year, but they said nothing about the true victims or how the church intended to support them.” (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. 126. )
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