The confluence of changes did not go down well. Especially to those in the body who do not know the founding pastor. They felt like the team was forcing these changes down their throats. Frankly, it did feel a bit like that. The scenario reminded me of a maxim a football player involved in the Nav ministry at Western Kentucky University often said, “If you are not in on something, you are down on it.” Many of the people in the congregation felt marginalized and excluded from a process that was going to, in their eyes, significantly impact the church they had come to love. For them the perceived lack of communication broke trust.
First, being on that leadership team or search committee, is not – well let’s just say the pay is not worth the stress. I know all of these people. They are doing the absolute best they can with a whole heart. But the challenge they faced and did not handle well was including those who had not gone through the process they had in a manner that would allow those to see their heart or the leading of God in the process.
The point in this is that there have been times in my life that the Lord has taken me through some lesson over a long time period. It is difficult to communicate to one who has not experienced that with me what has transpired. That is what happened tonight. There is not an easy way to communicate how and why God has led you to someone who was not on that journey with you.
It was a learning experience for all involved.