Howdy folks I am looking for some advice s'il vous plait? I serve as the junior pastor of a small church. A couple of months ago, the senior pastor during church conference basically called me a liar during the business meeting. Turns out I was right and he was wrong. I went to him as per Matt. 18 and he apologized to me, and as far as I was concerned that settled it. I had planned on resigning and moving my membership. From what I learned later from the deacons, he had no intentions of apologizing to me, but they went to him and told him that I was right and he was not, so it was a forced apology. I don't put much stock in forced apologies. Some of the members of the church, actually the majority feel that because of the senior pastor's outburst (it isnt the first time he has done it), he should resign and have presented him a petition asking for his resignation, signed by 2/3rds of the church members. He has refused to resign, and next conference there is going to be a fight I fear. He has been in the ministry for 43 years, and pastor of this church for 15. I have been co-pastor for 3, and been in the ministry for 27. The senior pastor and I have known each other and been friendly for 30 years, until this year. Both sides have been coming to me to be the broker of how things go, and I have tried to be and make arrangements for everything to be fair. I have also investigated the situation, as I was invited to do by both sides of the question. I have discovered that one side has been much less than honest about what has gone on behind the scenes. I don't run about after gossip, and most of this stuff was news to me. At any rate, here is the plan and the question. Next business meeting time, have the senior pastor and the fellow (deacon) who organized the petition sit together privately to see if they can work it out. If not, take some witnesses into the room, to listen to the discussion, and still if there is no resolution, Bring it to the church for resolution. Have a minister from another church moderate the conference. Is this a reasonable course of action? What would you do differently, if anything? Like I said before the principal offense was against me, and I forgave it, but there are others. The senior pastor basically ran off a couple of members in the last couple of months who didn't want to listen to his accusations. I plan to abstain on the vote, if it comes to that, since I forgave him in private, and if he loses the vote I will become senior and sole pastor and might be viewed as having a vested interest in the outcome. I have become obsessed with the fairness of the process. Is this course fair?