Andy and Charles Stanley open up to CNN on 'betrayal'

OK… see if this intro does not make you want to read the whole article:

Andy Stanley walked into his pastor’s office, filled with dread.

The minister sat in a massive chair behind an enormous desk. He spread his arms across the desk as if he were bracing for battle. His secretary scurried out of the office when she saw Andy coming.

The pastor had baptized Andy when he was 6, and groomed him to be his successor. But a private trauma had gone public. And Andy felt compelled to speak.

The minister stared in silence as Andy gave him the news. The “unspoken dream” both men shared was over.

After Andy finished, the pastor looked at him as tears welled up.

“Andy,” he said, “you have joined my enemies, and I’m your father.”

In this exclusive CNN article, Andy and Charles share what really happened when Andy quit First Baptist Atlanta and started North Point Ministries.

It’s a pretty inside and open look at two of America’s more popular preachers.

You can read it all here.

I’d love to hear your first impressions after reading it.  Please leave a comment.



  • Marcus November 19, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful story that brought me to tears.

  • Barchetta November 19, 2012 Reply

    Moving article. Both are regular guys. Extraordinarily talented but when push comes to shove they have the same problems as anyone else. We forget that.

  • Pastor Ian November 19, 2012 Reply

    Wow, what a story. I must admit I heard the rumors and wondered why Charles didn’t step down, but after reading this, I wish the truth had been reported, but in the church we have a tendency not to be transparent.

    I’m left in awe of just how incredibly tremendous our God is. May He continue to bless ministers of His gospel.

  • Dave Telling November 19, 2012 Reply

    Ditto comments above. Both men are reminders that we are still subject to human frailties, but God is able to work us through them. I really like Andy Stanley’s style, and frankly, I think sometimes it is time for his Dad to retire, but who knows? God has a habit of doing just what He wants with us…

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  • Q November 20, 2012 Reply

    Very surprised that CNN kept the story intact. They can be biased and change sentences for sensationalism…. the honesty and vulnerability shown by both Andy & Charles is above reproach. A true picture of God’s grace and forgiveness.

  • Michael Danner November 20, 2012 Reply

    It was a good story, well written, and redemptive without being sappy. It rung true to me. Thanks to Andy and Charles and to the writer.

  • Earl T November 21, 2012 Reply

    Good comment Michael. I agree. Well written, rings true.
    Personally, I am so tired of pastors and parishioners judging, condemning other ministries.

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  • Robert November 28, 2012 Reply

    Good comments so far, I wanted to highlight the mention of Gene Edwards’ Tale of Three Kings. This little book is amazing. Saved my little ministry and reconnected me with a dear mentor.

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