We can't say we didn't see this one coming. From the NY Times:
In the wake of a scandal involving its founding pastor, the Rev. Ted Haggard, the New Life Church in Colorado Springs has been forced to lay off 44 of its 350 workers to offset a sharp drop in donations.[....]It's really too bad that this happened to a church. But, well, when you base your church on an interpretation of the Bible so out of touch with reality that your own leader can't even follow it, it's only a matter of time before it begins to fall apart.
Since the announcement of Mr. Haggard's removal on Nov. 5, New Life's donations have fallen to $4.9 million in the past four months, compared with $5.3 million in the same period a year earlier, said Rob Brendle, the associate pastor. The drop was previously reported in The Denver Post.
Attendance at New Life, which has an estimated 14,000 members, has declined about 15 percent, Mr. Brendle said.
Also, more word on Pastor Ted:
"I speak with Ted every week," Mr. Brendle said. "He is authentically repentant and humble."It almost seems like they care more about Ted being humble and repentant than happy with his very real sexuality or honest in the way he lives his life.