“In a multitude of counselors there is victory.” (Proverbs 11:14 and 24:6)
I said to Pastor Marion, “I’m glad to exchange notes with you like this. But you need a couple of mentors–older guys with long histories in the ministry–whom you can sit across the table from and talk about these things.”
He named two such, a seminary professor and a retired pastor.
Pastors often find themselves in tough situations. At the moment, Pastor Marion is leading his church in a massive building campaign, while working night and day to minister to his growing flock. In the five years he has been there, his church has doubled or more in attendance. And then, this happens….
A deacon who is used to getting his way in the church called a meeting of the key leadership. He was upset about some of what Marion has been preaching, he says. Furthermore–it will not surprise you if you have ever been the target of this kind of abuse–-“many others in the church feel the same way.”
He threatened that steps may be taken to remove the pastor from the pulpit.
What is a pastor to do?
I mentioned a few possibilities, but with the caveat that “these are just some thoughts.” No way do I want to take responsibility for whatever he decides.