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When should a pastor step down from pastoring?

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Just recently a website that was dedicated to exposing and bringing down a pastor of a particular megachurch with many church plants rose from the dead after a few years and gleefully shared news that the pastor was stepping down from his role in the church plants (he is still senior pastor of the main group of churches) for reasons that they say may not have been his own.  A friend who is, lets say really disappointed in the pastor, posted this on facebook and one of his comments was that the pastor disqualified himself some years ago and did not step down when he should have.  Having attended the church, I do know there was a big issue a few years ago about what I believe was a misunderstanding that caused the elder board to publicly discipline a few men for what they thought the men did when they partnered with this website (I do believe it was only the people who ran the website that were guilty of the issue) but I don't really know all the details.  Many people left the church when this happened, and I do know that a year later we were told that they had reconciled, and the pastor had acknowledged his own involvement in the hurt of some people (not just the ones I mentioned, but others as well) and that he had repented. 

TL;DR: This pastor hurt some people, later reconciled and repented, but some think he should have stepped down as senior pastor when this came out but didn't, and now it's a few years later and he he is still there in the same role.

Should he have stepped down in such a situation?  Please understand that nothing in this has to do with adultery and he was never accused of such (as far as I know), but this was rather about the way he ran things and (allegedly?) treated some people.  If not, what should disqualify a pastor?  Thanks.

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If we did not seek a deeper understanding of what scripture offered, there would be only limited growth, and when you reached a certain limit, one would become stagnant.  I don't see scripture that way at all.  Despite the reason Paul used the statement, because he used it in limited reasoning doe snot mean what was being said cannot be applied in other areas of life.  We judge an action, not a position in Gods calling.  We can say he is a false teacher, but we cannot say he is not a teacher, giving you an example.

 

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2 hours ago, OneLight said:

If we did not seek a deeper understanding of what scripture offered, there would be only limited growth, and when you reached a certain limit, one would become stagnant.  I don't see scripture that way at all.  Despite the reason Paul used the statement, because he used it in limited reasoning doe snot mean what was being said cannot be applied in other areas of life.  We judge an action, not a position in Gods calling.  We can say he is a false teacher, but we cannot say he is not a teacher, giving you an example.

 

I'm not sure what you're saying even makes sense. You're assuming things and frankly you used a verse out of context. Spin as you wish, who am I to judge.

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Zemke said:

I'm not sure what you're saying even makes sense. You're assuming things and frankly you used a verse out of context. Spin as you wish, who am I to judge.

As I said, I was not using it as Paul was using it, but the fact remains there is more to gain from this then the usage Paul used it for.  There are many verses in scripture that can be applied to other facets of life then what it was used for.  Not looking deeper into scripture is your choice.  I am sure you have prayed for an answer and God brought scripture back to your memory in a way it was not used in scripture.

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when God tells him to...no sooner, no later.

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I appreciate everyone's responses.  I do know his teaching is still sound and he is transparent about his life.  As well, people have testified on him making things right with them.  By looking at him now there is no question to me there is no longer a need to step down (if there ever was), but I still wonder about the past- should he have stepped down at the time, especially when it came out that he and the elder board had acted in haste (though they reconciled with the people they had disciplined).  Is there a biblical mandate for when a leader must step down even after repentance?  Any violation of the requirements for becoming a leader in the first place, or perhaps just when unrepentant?  Thanks again.

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