Our church has had a lot of serious problems in the last two years, the last being embezzlement. I finally thought we were getting somewhere, but all of the sudden, one of our friends who is our children's teacher for training union, is being singled out. This man has verbally told members of our church, including us, that he doesn't not support our pastor, and wants our pastor to leave. We told him we didn't agree with him, and chose never to discuss the issue again. This issue does not interfere with his teachings of our children. However, a particular group or clique in our church has singled this man out. One man in this clique came right out in the last business meeting and made it clear he has an open aught with this teacher. Our pastor's children are part of this clique, and one has made it known he has issues with this teacher too. So, I asked the pastor if I could meet with him last night along with my husband. I told him that we are being put in the middle of this situation, and now we feel we are going to be forced to choose sides. While we feel it's important for this teacher to support our pastor, we do not feel that the situation that is building is warranted. We feel that people are taking on others' aughts. Our pastor basically said that he is going to this teacher, and if the teacher refuses to work with him, and says he doesn't support him, he will ask the church to remove this man from his position. This will most definitely cause a split in the church. There are already sides because of the clique and their actions and beliefs. The main problem with our church is that we are SB, but our pastor, his family, and several members of this clique are all IFB. This is making a huge rift between the two groups. The IFB people at our church are very outspoken, bold, but also very rude. They don't think about other people's feelings, and they aren't even following what the Bible says. The SB people at our church are laid back, traditional, but very stubborn and think their way is the only way (they hate change!). Our pastor basically told us that if the church refuses to remove this man from his position, he will choose to leave. When I asked what exactly was the problem besides the fact that the teacher is verbally outspoken about not supporting the pastor, he replied that his grandchildren were supposed to be moving to that class, and he felt that they "would not come back alive". I believe our pastor has built a personal aught based on gossip and other rumors from this clique. His son is making open comments about the teacher leaving, or about fighting to get the teacher to leave. I'm confused. There have been a lot of other members of our church in positions (higher than a teacher, like deacon, ss director, etc), who have verbally attacked our pastor in person and in private, and they have never been removed. I feel that this is personal, and I don't know how to handle it. My husband and I are working very hard to build the youth ministry, and our pastor told us that if he leaves, the only thing that will happen is that "our fruits will be spoiled" by the people who support this teacher. He warned us that everything we are working towards is going to collapse if he leaves. I cannot be forced into making a choice between the two. I believe my pastor is a man of God, but I also believe he is allowing his children and their friends to influence his actions. Leaving the church is not an option at this point, as my husband does not believe God is calling us away yet. Any scripture or advice on how to handle this? I don't want these people to have power over me or my husband because of our positions or ministries. We just want to serve God and give 110%. We want to see souls saved. We want to be fruitful. Why does all of this stuff keep happening?? Thanks for listening.