Friday, April 13, 2007

The Ripple Effect

Currently I am serving on a committee in our denomination that is responsible for pastors and churches when one of them - usually the pastor - makes a bad decision. Yesterday as we heard from a member of a church whose pastor has made a bad decision - not the worst decision - but bad enough I was really struck about the ripple effects of these bad decisions. In this case, church members are displacing their anger at the pastor and their fears that the church will split on a vote of whether he should return or not on a young confirmand.

What should have been a joyful day of three generations worshiping under the same roof was marred when another member of the church told the 13 year old girl that her grandfather had rushed her confirmation just so he would have another vote on his side.

So over a year ago this pastor made a bad decision and eventually a ripple from that decision came and hurt a young confirmand.

This morning I saw that one of the headlines was that NJ governor John Corzine was critically injured in a car accident on the Garden State Parkway. He is going to be okay with some major rehab in his future. The word is that it will take months for him to walk 'normally'.

In light of my recent reflections on ripple effects though what really stuck out at me was that Governor John Corzine was on his way to moderate the meeting between Don Imus and the Rutgers' Women's basketball team.


Songbird said...

My prayers for the young confirmand in particular. You are doing good work, although I don't see how you find the time and the energy for it.

Mrs. M said...

I blogged a couple of days ago about how profoundly dysfunctional churches can be. It's so easy for me to picture what you describe, and such a disappointment.

will smama said...

It really is disappointing - all around. The pastor, his 'cohort in crime', the congregation members - blech!

Quotidian Grace said...

There's really nothing worse than a dysfunctional congregation, is there? The worst one I know of involved fisticuffs, multiple lawsuits, and public slanders. "Christians" can behave SO badly sometimes.