Friday, May 23, 2008


I don’t know much more about the church situation than I did when I last posted about it. However, I’ve gathered a few more pieces together, enough that I’m working at putting the pieces of the puzzle together even though there are still big gaps.

Perhaps the office manager was having a difficult time of some sort in her personal life. Perhaps this difficult time was causing her to have some difficulties at work, perhaps not always being there when she should or forgetting to get essential things in her job completed. Perhaps she was confiding in the pastor about these personal problems and perhaps he was counseling her and trying to help her as best he could. Perhaps the church council was aware of the job performance problems of the office manager, but not being privy to their cause they pressured the pastor to let her go. Perhaps he balked at this and assured the council that he was working with the office manager on resolving the issues. Perhaps the church council demanded to know what the issues were that were contributing to the office manager’s poor performance, and perhaps the pastor respectfully refused to divulge information shared with him in confidence. Perhaps the church council insisted that the pastor fire the office manager, and perhaps he refused. Perhaps the power struggle continued on for months until finally the office manager resigned. Perhaps at this point the church council was so enmeshed in the power struggle that they asked the pastor for his resignation with the caveat that if he did not resign the church council would fire him. Perhaps his wife, standing by her husband, chose to also resign.

And perhaps I am way off base.

However, when one takes an action and fails to explain it until a month later it gives people a lot of time to weave scenarios in their head, some of which may be very close to the truth and some very far from the truth. Give me a few threads, and I’ll weave quite the tapestry.

Also, just so you know, I share my theories here alone. I will not power the rumor mill in real life. Nope. No good comes from speculating with others in real life and spreading gossip.


mia said...

What a tricky situation. This is the type of thing that happens all the time in music departments at university. I will never understand the need to "protect" the people from knowing the entire truth from the beginning. Glad you have the blog to air your speculations. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

Trueself said...

Mia - Thanks for stopping by. People are people no matter the venue -- churches, music departments, anywhere at all. I too am glad I've got my blog to air my speculations without starting wildfires in my real life world.