When you see this happening in your church, and you don’t get reasonable and timely answers to your questions, I’d say there is a problem with church leadership, wouldn’t you? What, then, is an acceptable recourse? Should you become part of the migrant membership to find another church home? If the elders of your church are putting the needs of the pastor ahead of the needs of the body you may have only that choice. If the elders cannot hold the pastor accountable, you really have no recourse within your church. To them you may be only a statistic and not a soul in need of being served. They may see you as one to serve them instead of their responsibility to serve you as brothers and sisters in Christ.

“But I also have to say that there have been many things said and many things happen over the last several years that we get through a phase, we’re devastated, we see people leave, we’re upset, we pray, we try and get through it. Things
settle down, things calm down. Six months later it happens again. Why? We get the same answers. Six months later it happens again. We get the same answers.” (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. 44.)

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