Harvest Bible Church Senior Pastor James MacDonald Fired From Own Church
Harvest Bible Church elders introduced Wednesday that senior pastor James MacDonald has been fired from the very church he based greater than 30 years in the past.
The information got here simply weeks after the Chicago house preacher mentioned he was once taking an “indefinite sabbatical” from the pulpit as a result of he was once stuck in a cycle of “injustice, hurt, anger, and fear, which have wounded others without cause.” While the best causes in the back of MacDonald’s firing and sabbatical stay unclear, the pastor mentioned he took movements that “can only be described as sin.”
According to an replace posted to the church’s web page Wednesday morning, MacDonald “was removed as senior pastor and as an elder of the church for engaging in conduct that the elders believe is contrary and harmful to the best interests of the church.”
“His employment has been terminated from Harvest Bible Chapel, effective today, February 12, 2019,” the elders wrote.
MacDonald’s firing comes amidst controversy over his management and church budget.
In saying MacDonald’s sabbatical, church elders mentioned Harvest Bible was once embarking on a radical exam of the church’s monetary, organizational, management and control insurance policies with the assistance of two out of doors ministries that “specialize in helping churches resolve issues in God-honoring ways.”
MacDonald’s maximum vocal critics come with former Harvest Bible elders and the authors of a weblog referred to as The Elephant’s Debt. MacDonald and Harvest Bible filed a defamation lawsuit towards The Elephant’s Debt bloggers, their other halves, and Julie Roys, a contract author for World mag who revealed an investigation into mismanagement within the church.
World reported that Harvest shifted numerous budget from MacDonald’s fashionable radio program, “Walk in the Word,” and from its former church-planting department, Harvest Bible Fellowship (HBF), for Harvest Bible Chapel operations. MacDonald break up from HBF in 2017. In a letter got via World, a pastor at a former HBF church plant mentioned the 2017 break up “occurred because HBF pastors believed Harvest had inappropriately used fellowship funds for its own purposes.”
Harvest’s lawsuit towards World mentioned the mag was once “asserting false allegations,” however the swimsuit was once brushed aside in January after MacDonald introduced he was once taking a sabbatical.
Chicago radio character Mancow Muller, a former good friend of MacDonald, spoke out in a neighborhood newspaper towards the manipulation he noticed round what he describes as MacDonald’s “cult of personality” at Harvest. On his display, Muller later aired what gave the impression of clips of MacDonald making derogatory feedback towards contributors of the media who had coated the tale about alleged misconduct on the church.
The elders’ remark cited the ones feedback as a part of the explanation why MacDonald was once fired.
“On Tuesday morning, highly inappropriate recorded comments made by Pastor MacDonald were given to media and reported. Given that and other conduct under consideration, in accordance with the procedures in our bylaws, Pastor MacDonald was removed as senior pastor,” the remark reads.
Harvest Bible Church’s elders ask for prayer right through this hard time.
“We sincerely thank you for your prayers, your support, and your patience as we work together to restore a trust in leadership, a humility to surrender to biblical authority, and a firm resolve to move forward as a church family. Please continue to uphold our church, the Elder Board, staff, and the MacDonald family in prayer at this time,” the remark concludes.
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