Alex Blaze

Postcards from the Edge: More news on pastor Ted

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 06, 2007 1:24 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: rob brendle, ted Haggard

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.[....]

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.

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.

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.

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Marla R. Stevens | March 6, 2007 2:06 PM

I just can't help thinking what kind of change I could create with just the $1.2 million per year and forty-four paid workers they're losing, much less with the $14.7 million per year and 306 paid workers, not to mention the 11,900 regular potential vollies who show up at least once -- and probably several times per week. And that's just one megachurch! Such riches they possess and yet they whine and further the misery of the one who lied to them -- and still does.

Marla R. Stevens | March 6, 2007 6:15 PM

Oh, and Time credible? Can you say Matt Cooper?

Marla R. Stevens | March 6, 2007 6:16 PM

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