During the recent controversy at Coral Ridge, we noted that only 71% of people voted to keep the pastor; he has a different take:
Ninety-one percent of Coral Ridge members supported your hiring earlier this year. In the vote Sunday, 71 percent voted against ending the church’s relationship with you. That’s still a two-thirds majority, but how do you get back the support you have lost? Do you even try?
It’s a bit misleading. Anybody who was registered as a member was eligible to vote. However, there were about 150 people who came on the day of the vote who hadn’t been to this church since before I got here. But they had friends who were unhappy and came back to vote with their friends.
But in a church our size, my guess is, there are still 100 to 200 people who are not supportive of me.
How do I go forward? I keep pastoring the whole church. I keep shepherding the whole church. I keep preaching to the whole church. I keep leading the whole church.