The question before the house (and in my email) is whether a relatively unknown person without the “it” factor of a celebrity can successfully lead a mega church of that size.
There is a precedent for such…
When Skip Heitzig left CC Albuquerque to plunder California, he appointed a relatively unknown Pete Nelson as his successor.
Nelson had some cache as a musician, but was a relatively unpolished speaker and administrator.
Those deficiencies were more than compensated for by his incredibly warm, caring, pastoral heart.
People loved Pete…after visiting the church a couple of times, even I loved Pete.
I still do…as do many who sat under his pastorate.
The church thrived and in my opinion CCABQ was never healthier than after the celebrity left and the pastor took over.
Sauder should call Nelson…then go and do likewise.
It has always amused me that these guys always accuse critics of jealousy…as if it were the goal of every pastor to lead a mega church.