Pastor fighting church over forced resignation

We told you about this church and pastor a while back.

Well, the pastor and his son pleaded guilty and were fined $50 plus court costs.

But now there’s a bigger battle at the Church at Polaris near Columbus.

It seems the leadership team has asked the pastor to resign.

According to a suit filed recently, Pastor Bennett Smith actually did resign last month when the leadership asked him to.  But then ‘revoked’ his resignation and then tried to fire a leadership team member and church employee.

Also, the suit accuses him of trespassing and telling a staff person to transfer a large amount of month out of one of the church’es accounts.

The website still lists Smith as their Senior Pastor.

Read more here.

QUESTION:  Can you really revoke your resignation?

How does one do that?



  • James September 5, 2013 Reply

    Hi Todd;
    To your question. It really depends on whether or not the church is a “Pastor” led or “Board” led church. There’s a lot of wishy washy church politey out there. Some churches the Pastor is god, and in others he’s considered a servant just like everyone else and subject to board decisions without much of a say.
    So I can see, depending on the congregation and politey that a Pastor could revoke his resignation.
    Frankly after all that fuss and drama who in their right mind would want to stay fight with people? I certainly wouldn’t but maybe this guy likes the drama, gets an ego kick out of the fight.
    Whew! Makes me tired just reading about it.

  • Rod Gauthier September 5, 2013 Reply

    It burns my butt when people do that! They throw a fit and use resignation as a tool to get what they want. And sometimes it even works! But it guts their integrity. I think a resignation can be withdrawn, but not after it has been accepted! He should move on!

  • DA September 5, 2013 Reply

    Churches like this are the kind that should be avoided. If there are any out there moving to a new city and you run across an assembly that shows signs they might be like these people, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. Reading some of the details about this congregation & watching a few of the videos, it seems as though the leadership is as childish and incompetent as the pastor. If the church asked the pastor to leave, why did they keep his name as the senior pastor on the site??

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