Some of you have stopped by on occasion and made a comment or two. Thank you. But to be honest this is not a site people visit and linger. This is a problem fixing site. “Here’s what wrong, what do I do?” site. I know that if you are stopping here it’s because you are part of a church where you have just discovered your pastor’s sin and are looking for answers, for what to do.
Much of what I have written is directional, informational and devotional, but it’s also focused on a topic none of us want to linger over for long. We want to fix it and get on with “real life”. I do so understand that. Talking about broken churches and fallen pastors is just not fun or encouraging.
But, what I have seen is that over time God does do amazing things in the lives of people whose whole world has been destroyed by a pastor’s fall. I’m watching as I see pastors I have worked with move on into new ministries and visions for their life. I’m watching people from our body (I saw many of them last night at a wedding) continue to grow and love God….even though they are in new churches and not part of our community any longer.
What I realize is that God is able to continue his kingdom work even after a pastor has sinned and destroyed a church family, even after he has ruined his life, marriage and ministry, even after it seems many have walked away from the faith.
We are now in the seventh year since our big earthquake. The church is still alive, but it’s much different. I think any church will change after a pastor’s affair. It has to. Our body has changed. Now we have a lot of people who have no knowledge of what happened here….and to be honest we rarely mention it any more….it just takes too long to explain.
So what is the one thing I would tell you after almost seven years? God’s church will be fine and so will you. Trust him, stay in his word, stay in a community of faith…don’t walk away…and pray for God’s work in your life and in the lives of those who went through this disaster with you. I guess that was more than one thing, wasn’t it?
Anyway….I want to simply assure you that if you are new to this experience in your church the most important thing you can do is keep your eyes on Christ and realize he is still Lord of his church in spite of what has happened. He will be glorified in the church and in your life. Keep trusting him. You will see his amazing work and grace. You will grow. And God will be glorified!