Today I sent a note to one of our pastors who has left us and just got the perfect job for him in another church near here. He is one of at least six staff members who have left the church since our earthquake. Not all of them left for the same reasons, but a tight group of men and women have scattered to the community and beyond since our pastor’s fall.
The same thing has happened in our church body. Literally hundreds scattered to other churches or no church at all. The tribe called our church family has been seeded to a dozen different churches. As a pastor and shepherd and frankly the last man here from the original team this has been hard to watch, but what I know is this is God’s church. We are simply shepherds caring for HIS sheep, his people.
If you find your church in this place of watching the pastor fall realize the church will scatter, friends will leave, staff will move on. It happens. And yet, in spite of all of this the kingdom of God marches on. Grieve a bit, sorrow over the loss, but continue to serve God and reach the world wherever he places you.
It’s never “ok” to let the fall of a pastor give you an excuse to leave the church completely. You might be disappointed, discouraged, angry, hurt. All those feelings are normal. Work through them, love one another as a body of believers, be honest with one another and don’t let the devil win the battle to destroy the body of Christ you are part of.
You will see your tribe scatter. Stay in touch, love them even if they leave, trust God and serve HIM. In spite of all that happens when a pastor sins and all that will happen in the years ahead God is still the Lord of heaven, earth and your church.