So...an update for those who care.
Taking it back a few weeks, I was kind of purposely trying to avoid Preach (as I'll call the preacher) so we didn't schedule anything. He caught me and had an awkward conversation with me trying to schedule a time. His first suggestion was last Thursday, which I told him was a no-go since, you know, Game 1. We never set a time but he told me he was going to try to get with me about it.
Immediately after this conversation, my wife comes up and whispers to me, "We need to talk about him (Preach). I've got some news about him."
So we get out to the car and she tells me that a majority of the people in the church are unhappy with him, they don't like how he's running things, and they're having a church board meeting with the Pastor and the leader of the church's conference that Tuesday.
So the meeting comes and goes, he apparently said he felt like he 'let the church down,' 'disobeyed their trust,' etc.
He apparently visited my in laws (who are on the church board) and was apologizing to them, saying the same things, just directly to them. While at their house, he looked up at a picture of my wife and I and says, 'You've got a great daughter and son-in-law there.' He made mention of me in some capacity, like about how I wasn't a Christian, or whatever. Almost as if he thought my in laws didn't know. My mother in law corrected him, "Oh, I know his story."
So then he starts telling her. "I reached out to him to maybe try to hang out some time. I feel like I've made a connection there."
He rattled on and my mother in law corrected him, "Well, if there is one thing I know about my son in law, it's that he needs his space (Go her!)."
What made her a little worried is that he was so oblivious to how he was pushing me away, that he felt like he was making a connection with me. And I agree with her, it's always been my problem with him. He doesn't know how to read a room.
Cut to today, get a text from my wife: "Mom just got a letter. Pastor is leaving the church."
So from two weeks ago, it goes from him badgering me to him leaving the church. This is a guy who uprooted his family from Pennsylvania to move to our podunk town in So. Ill. less than a year ago. I feel bad for him, but at the same time, I'm sort of happy that he's not going to be around to bug me like this any more. Just a weird story.
The church I went to growing up went through a few pastors when I was there. A number of folks in the church community didn't like so and so, mainly because he adopted an African American child (pastor was white)...that didn't go over very well, so they ended up ousting him. WTF? And then they had a female pastor...which didn't last that long and they brought someone else in.
I always thought that was odd...that whole process.
It doesn't seem very Christian to "dislike" your pastor for adopting a child of a different color and to talk bad about him or her...and then vote them out or make them leave. Seems douchey, un-Christian, dick-like, etc. They all seemed nice enough to me...but I didn't know all of the details...just hearsay.
Kind of turned me off to the whole church community thing.
And I don't even want to bring up cutthroat church softball leagues.
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