Is church growth more important than principle?


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Adventist pastor blogs are buzzing with the New York Times story Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock.

The Minnesota pastor, Greg Boyd preached a series of sermons calling his congregation to reject the dangerous confluence of faith, patriotism, and war. The results?

As Oregon Adventist Pastor points out:

  • His church lost 1,000 of its 5,000 members (mainly white, middle-class professionals).
  • He had to lay off seven of its fifty staff members.
  • His church's drive to raise $7 million stalled out at $4 million.

But he adds, "Then again, his church has picked up members from the Black, Hispanic, and Hmong communities."

Probably alarming his ministerial director, Hollywood pastor Ryan Bell proclaims: "Greg Boyd is my hero!"

The guru of creative ministry, Monte Sahlin flags the article as well, noting that pastor Boyd is known for his bible-based preaching.

What do you think?

Could an Adventist pastor survive a politically nuanced stand like this?


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4522