Another Celeb Pastor Under Microscope!

Quick on the heels of my first blog post about the suffering, and the persecution of believers in India comes this equally sickening report.  It seems that yet another celebrity pastor (one that I have admired) has come under the scrutiny of the media.  This time for financial shadiness.  Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, while not being accused of any criminal acts, is apparently now having to answer for not being reasonably forthcoming about his financial dealings or about his own personal wealth.

This is what happens when there is not a climate of personal accountability, not only within the church or with a pastor, but in any organization or individual.  Unfortunately, I know this from my own painful personal experience.  During my tenure as pastor, there were not nearly enough people surrounding me who knew about my comings and goings, my relational and personal interactions, my family, or the implimentation of my duties, and I intentionally kept it that way.  Consequence?  Pain, humiliation, broken trusts and ultimately a complete breakdown of a career, a family and not one, but many lives.  All because my character and integrity was not available to be held to account by people who cared and had a vested interest in my own well-being and of those whom I was entrusted to lead.

So, pastor, staff member, church leader and each of us, here’s the question:  Is there someone in your life who is able to ask you the tough questions and expect an honest answer?  Further, do you make yourself willing and available to answer any and all of the tough questions?  Because if any of us think those questions aren’t coming, or that our private lives will never be open to scrutiny and exposition or we will never have to feel the heat of the microscope lamp, think again.

I don’t know about you, but this kind of stuff has gotten real old, real quick and it continually makes me more nauseous!  The world is watching us church!  We are His ambassadors!  Let’s start acting like it!

 “I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me.” -Jeremiah 16:17 (NLT)


2 Responses to “Another Celeb Pastor Under Microscope!”

  1. February 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Hmmm I agree with a lot of what you’re saying. But I don’t think this situation always comes about b/c of a lack of personal accountability. Anytime God is doing something major in a church or pastor that is remotely “successful” or has tangible evidences of “perks” that the world likes to scrutinize and make up stuff that isn’t true. Did you know that Ed Young Jr and 2 financial board members took out 25 minutes to address it to their church and public? You should watch it here, it’s good- http://www.edyoungblog.com/2010/02/moving-on.html (it’s a little slow loading so you might have to click directly on the youtube link).

  2. 2 Eddie Williams
    February 26, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Thank you for pointing this out. I spent the afternoon looking for just this type of answer. Pastor Ed Young has been one of my favorites from the first time I saw him, so this comes as a tremendous relief. I may follow this blog up with an adendum. I still believe that far too many negative issues arise in any ministry when there is a disconnect between the leadership and the body and there is no local accountability. Too many churches are woefully lacking in oversight and this is as much a church government issue as anything else. Perhaps if that had better managed by Pastor Young and the leadership at Fellowship, no explanations or special meetings would have been required, and the media would not have had such ammunition to load their guns with. Open accountability and full disclosure always…always eliminates even the most misguided of accusations or misperceptions.

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