How Much Transparency is TOO MUCH Transparency?

A recent story over at the Christian Post tells about Pastor Allan Edwards, a Presbyterian church pastor from Pennsylvania who recently told his congregation that he deals with homosexual attraction.

Here’s how the confession came about, according to Edwards:

“The first question a congregant asked in my interview in front of the whole church was, ‘What is your biggest struggle in life?’ and I shared this part of my story with the church… I preach on issues of sexuality when they come up in the Scripture text that day, but it’s not a hobby horse of mine. I think we all have part of our desires that we choose not to act on, right? So for me, it’s not just that the religion was important to me, but communion with a God who loves me, who accepts me right where I am.”

We hear a lot about ‘transparency’ in the pulpit these days; and with most, I think it’s a good thing over-all.

But is it possible to have TOO much transparency, especially in the pulpit?

In some ways, I tip my hat to Pastor Edwards.  That must’ve been hard to do.

But I also wonder if revelations such as this also may hurt a pastor.  In this case, they will definitely bring an additional level of scrutiny by some, don’t you think?

Question:  Would you ever tell your whole church your biggest darkest secret struggle?  What are the benefits?  What are the disadvantages?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below…

HT:  The Christian Post


  • Peter Hamm January 13, 2015 Reply

    No way.

    I keep my deep dark secrets to myself. I don’t have any interest in being even more misunderstood than I am.

  • Todd Rhoades January 13, 2015 Reply

    I think I’m kinda with you. I think transparency is an overall good thing; but what you can and will be used against you. That’s why I think it takes great discernment and discretion on what you share and what you don’t.


  • Bill rose January 16, 2015 Reply

    I feel that the people I lead will only be half as transparent as I am. Therefore, sometimes I take transparency to an extreme so that others can feel comfortable being transparent and a healthy level. If I continue to cover for my own sin, then all I do is teach others to cover their sin. But when I am transparent about my sin and struggle, I teach people that I am covered by Jesus and Jesus alone. There is a freedom in the feeling Of having nothing to hide. Thanks for starting this conversation, Todd!

  • Tony Nasta January 19, 2015 Reply

    Best think I heard a pastor say before prayer,(my sins our mine, your sins are yours, you don’t need to know mine I don’t need to know yours, God knows them.

  • Stewart February 9, 2015 Reply

    Seems to me there are different levels of transparency for different situations. I wouldn’t confess to lust from the pulpit. How many women would then be hesitant to be around? I trust that kind of thing to people who will not be hurt by the revelation. Thoughts?

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