This is not R.E. specific but professional religious educators deal with the issues dealt with in this blog all the time.
After a pastor has been forced out of a church, he goes through an incredible amount of pain.
*He loses his position … and maybe his career.
*He loses most of his church friends … and sometimes his wife and/or children.
*He loses his income … and can’t file for unemployment.
*He loses his joy and drive … and his ability to trust people.
Statistics indicate that 45% of the time a pastor experiences a forced exit, a small faction was responsible for his departure.
Only 7% of the time is the pastor’s misbehavior the real reason for his leaving.
And yet … after his last day … forces inside the church will informally conspire to blame everything on him.
What are these forces?
First, many interim pastors blame the previous pastor for any conflict that ensued.
I hear these stories all the time. They have become predictable.
An interim is hired…
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