Category Archives: restoration

Confessions of a Fallen Pastor

Tweet What happens when a pastor commits adultery? Is his life over? Does he lose his calling? Does God forsake him? Or is he suddenly free to live the life he always wanted to live? Like anything else in the world, there are two extremes of thinking on the topic and I’ve found both extremes to be full of error…. Read more »

Why Does Mark Driscoll Get a Second Chance?

Tweet According to reports, Mark Driscoll has started a new church in Phoenix after resigning his job as head pastor of Mars Hill church almost a year ago. Driscoll resigned for several reasons including allegations of plagiarism, alleged bullying of staff and was often criticized for his aggressive pastoring style. Well, he’s back. So why does Mark Driscoll get a… Read more »

How to Confront a Fallen Pastor

Tweet This post is part of a series is about how church leadership can effectively handle the fall of their pastor when he has been accused of sexual immorality. It is a horrible situation for any church to find themselves in. It is seemingly a no-win situation for anyone. But it is a situation that more and more churches find… Read more »

A Fallen Pastor Showed Up at Our Church

Tweet One of the most common questions I get from fallen pastors is, “I fell from the ministry and I’m having a difficult time finding a place to worship. What should I do?” You may be reading this and you’re not a fallen pastor – but you may be a church member, current pastor or a church leader. This topic… Read more »

My Pastor Was On The Ashley Madison List

Tweet A few days ago, the list of people whose names were exposed as part of the hacking of the Ashley Madison site were released. Those names are now searchable on some websites and to those with a little computer savvy. It is easy to assume that a few heads will roll in the next few days. Probably not too many… Read more »

The 3 Most Common Responses to Pastoral Adultery

Tweet In the past few years, I have seen churches respond in almost identical ways to pastoral adultery. Regardless of ethnic or denomination background, people are just people. When a pastor sins and betrays a congregation, their response typically falls into one of three categories. (This is assuming the pastor doesn’t leave on his own or follow his sin elsewhere.)… Read more »

Hey Wait, I’m The Samaritan!

Tweet I remember the touching story of the “Good” Samaritan growing up in Sunday School. Jesus told it in response to a question asked him – “Who is my neighbor?” Dude gets beat up while traveling home. He’s left for dead by the side of the road. A priest and a Levite both pass him by and ignore the heck out of… Read more »

Where Is Christ When We Fail?

Tweet Everyone knows the story of Judas. He was the great betrayer of Christ. For silver, for mere money, he betrayed the Savior. For him, there was no Disney ending. There was suicide. There was no chance to redeem himself. Even at one point, he realized his error. In Matthew 27, it says: “Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus… Read more »

A Blueprint For Pastoral Reconciliation, Pt. 1

Tweet Two weekends ago, I had the honor of accompanying my friend, Brandon Watkins, back to his home church, Capshaw Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Several years ago, Brandon committed adultery while he served as the music leader there. I was preaching at Buck Run Baptist Church one Sunday and met Brandon’s mother and sister who told me about Brandon. They… Read more »

Too Many Fallen Pastors: A Call For Reformation

Tweet Since my own fall from ministry five years ago, I have been ministering to fallen pastors, their churches, their wives, the women they have been involved with, their families, and others. I’m always happy to see people restored back to Christ, yet I am still discouraged by the stories of infidelity in the ministry, pastoral suicide and burnout, and… Read more »