The hard realization that reform would not be part of the future of FCCF saddened me. I watched the downward spiral of the church I loved and served for over a decade. There was no going back.
From the book:
“The Truth and Reform FCCF members began gathering in the sanctuary of a nearby church on Saturday evenings. We established Everyday Fellowship, where we could worship and get sound scriptural teaching. We called Doug Lay to be our pastor and filed the requisite paperwork to become a 501C3 charity in good standing. We sat on the sidelines, praying for our brothers and sisters who decided to stay with FCCF while the family life minister, the discipleship minister, and the three or four remaining elders moved on. Some members of our group began attending there in Steve’s absence in prayerful hope that the changes we desired for the church would eventually materialize, should the elders permanently remove Steve. The rest of us were past going back to FCCF. After I completed the last meeting of the Celebrate Recovery twelve-step class I was leading, I never went back. It was all I could do to walk into the building for that last class. There was a darkness about FCCF that I could not shake.” (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. 125.)
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