Then I would think it will happen when pigs fly.
Pigs have flown.
“Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church, a multisite church based near Dallas, said elders there had been “domineering” in their approach to church discipline in a handful of cases.
That was wrong and unchristian, said Chandler, who also leads the Acts29 church planting network.
“We have sinned against some people—and we are owning that before God and specifically before the people we have hurt,” he told CT in a phone interview.
“Our desire is always to be loving and caring. It is clear that we have not communicated—in multiple cases now—the gentleness, compassion, and patience that our elders are called to walk in.”
Let me tell you what is so different about this.
The church names the sins they have committed without any deflection.
They apologized to the one offended by name.
They recognize that the system in place lent itself to abuse and are considering change.
They didn’t share shame or blame with the victim.
They are speaking with humility and compassion.
They are truly owning what they did.
This…is how it’s supposed to be done.
I’ve waited a very long time to see it.
My guess is that other stories of abuse are forthcoming, but this is still the template for repentance.
I choose to believe they are sincere…I choose to believe the best of Chandler and pray that he just modeled how to lead in front of us all.