Was Pastor Fired Over Race Concerns?

Pastor Jonathan Greer was voted out of his position by 31 people at Mt. Sterling Baptist Church, and the reasons are allegedly very different. While the church claims that he was fired over his failure to visit members of the congregation, Greer notes that he was fired because he had invited black people to the church’s VBS.

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Why this story matters to church leaders:

This story is yet another example of the ways that racism continues to impact ministries and the challenges faced by pastors who work on reconciliation.

  • A Wounded Nation: Racism has left many wounds in American society, and it has been especially damaging in the church.
  • Opposition Expected: As church leaders work on reconciliation, they should expect opposition from members, and these members may hide their true motives.
  • Community Relationships: Relationships can be a helpful first step as church leaders reach out to leaders of the black community and bridge historic divides and right injustices.

How can your church work toward greater reconciliation in your community?

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