Well Said by a South Florida Pastor

As one who has personally experienced the challenges of being called to be the pastor of a high profile church in a major metropolitan area which was founded by someone who had become an icon, I have empathized with what the new pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale (Just a few minutes from where we know live.) is experiencing.  Local residents and some nationally are aware that the family of the founding pastor has risen up against his leadership early in his ministry there.  (Let me pause here to say that was NEVER the case with the church I pastored — in fact, quite the opposite was true and I was blessed by that family.)  To address the controversy, the pastor has written an op-ed piece for the local paper and I think he has done much to rise above the testimony damaging conflict with his honesty and transparency.  If you are interested, you can find the link HERE.

2 thoughts on “Well Said by a South Florida Pastor

  1. Wally

    Yes, I have been watching this situation unfold in the media as well. It is unfortunate but inevitable. People are imperfect. If I understand correctly, the major conflict arose around the fact that the new pastor is not continuing some of the style elements that Dr. Kennedy employed. Wow, the world around us continues to languish while God’s people argue about robes and pipe organs…

    I think a little dose of reality is needed by the detractors. As long as God’s word is presented in its proper interpretation and its complete form, the rest will also likely be done properly. Yes, there will be bumps in the road but let’s not lose touch with what is really important.

    Coral Ridge Pres Church belongs to God not to the late Dr. Kennedy or his family. Nor does it belong to the Graham or Smith or Suarez families…

    Aren’t there homeless and hungry people in Ft. Lauderdale? Let’s feed and house them before we get caught up in arguing about robes and lecturns…


  2. Ted

    One has to wonder how many more times “transitions” like this need to happen before some large church pastor can set aside his ego and develop the new leadership behind him without feeling threatened. Had Kennedy (or many others in his situation) developed his successor, put his blessing on him in the eyes of the church, and built the successor into the patoral role and life of the church over time, one has to wonder if this situation (and many like it) could be avoided.


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