Would your church accept this man as pastor

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  1. Salty

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    There has been a very interesting discussion on a divorced man becoming pastor of a local church.

    Lets turn the tables just a bit. Suppose a pastor of a different race was to be considered.

    (For the sake of argument we will use Black and White)

    Assuming your church was at least 90% of White or Black, Would your members vote to extend a call to a man of the opposite race.

    If you were a pastor would you consider a call to a local church comprised mainly of the race opposite you.

    It might be easy to say it would make no difference - but would it.

    Salty

    ps, ok if you insist, feel free to make a comment about Orientals, Middle Eastern or other major groups.
     
  2. annsni

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    Honestly, I don't think it would matter. While most of our staff is white and all of our pastoral staff is too, I do not see where color would matter. Seriously.
     
  3. matt wade

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    I live in the south. Unfortunately there would be a few people at my church that would have a problem with this. The leaders at my church would not, but some members of the congregation would. Not an overwhelming number, probably just a handful.

    So, in conclusion, I think that my church would extend the invitation but it may cause a little bit of turmoil with some ignorant people.
     
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    I hope the church I pastor wouldn't extend a call to someone of a different race than me... Since I LOVE being their pastor!!!! LOL

    I wouldn't even want them extending a call to someone of the same race while I was pastor!!! lol....

    How is that for an answer Salty?

    NOW if I wasn't the pastor there.. and knowing the people, there may be a few that would be uncomfortable.. but more than enough would not even consider that issue in the evaluation. IF it is the man God wants there, he would be there.

    AND, If I was looking for a new pastorate, as long as my spiritual gifts lined up with what the church needed from the pastor, I would not care.

    I consider life an adventure.. I love trying new things.. and doing stuff not normal to others... I think it would be fun to pastor a predominately black church..

    Or even a hispanic church.. once I get this Spanish language down.

    To me, people is people..
     
  5. SaggyWoman

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    Interestingly enough, I have been in several scenarios of churches in my years.

    White church, white pastor.
    White church white pastor
    white church, white pastor
    white church, white pastor
    white church, white pastor
    white church white pastor
    white church white pastor
    white church white pastor.
    black church black pastor
    black church black pastor
    white church white pastor

    One of the black churches has a white staff member, but none of the churches except one other who had a hispanic mission had anything but white serving white and black serving black.

    The one black church black paster white staff member has a fair sprinkling of non blacks, but the other churches were heavily white with some sprinkling of non whites.
     
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    But there is nothing like a token biracial church staff member.
     
  7. preachinjesus

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    There wouldn't be a problem, so long as the person meets the biblical qualifications and preaches the Bible.

    This is in the south too. I've heard some pretty stupid things come out of the mouths of some of our members over the past couple of years about race. Yet the prevailing sentiment is of diversity. Most of the comments have come from members of a different generational era.

    I don't understand why race is an issue anymore. So strange, so sad.
     
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    The church I was a member of in England had a black pastor - one of the best pastors I ever had.
     
  9. donnA

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    We really haven't been at our currentl chrch long enough to know what would ahppen. We are currently in a pastor search, and as far as I know color has nothing to do with it.
     
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    11:00 am Sunday is the most segregated hour in America. Simple fact. Most people feel more comfortable with the worship style, manners, speech, etc, of folks of the same ethnicity. You will find few truly bi-racial (hate the term "race") churches that are 50/50. Even those will be mostly anglo, mostly black, mostly asian, etc

    (Don't want to bog this down, because we are ONE race - humans. Only evolutionists have corrupted thinking by postulating different races)

    I did mission work on the Shoshone/N. Arapahoe Reservation west of us and I was not as accepted as ministers of those groups.

    BTW, I think there is educational grouping in churches too, where almost all the leaders/key families are from the same educational level. And social. And economic. Just a thought.
     
  11. Pastor Timothy

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    what about a divorce?????
     
  12. TCGreek

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    And that's factual. Make not mistake about it.
     

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