here is the email that went around this morning to the New Life staff:
Wow, what an amazing week! Wonderland [New Life Church’s Christmas program]
was attended by more people this year than ever before. Sunday morning was
an incredible display of how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary
In the midst of all the extra effort we’ve been putting forth, I hope each
of you were able to attend at least one service this weekend to worship God
and be spiritually refreshed. I loved hearing from our head Overseer,
Brother Larry Stockstill, on video reinforcing his confidence in us and the
on going process.
Pastor Ross reminded our congregation this morning that, after the Overseers
permanently removed Ted, we asked them to further assist us to ensure that
we as a staff are all rightly ordered as the church moves forward. So far,
they have interviewed many of us on the pastoral staff, beginning with the
senior leaders. As a result, Christopher Beard has resigned his position as
director of Twentyfourseven. It is apparent that he has displayed poor
judgment in some leadership decisions, in addition to one instance of sexual
misconduct several years ago. That misconduct did not involve Ted.
Twentyfourseven will continue this year under the direction of our college
pastor, Aaron Stern.
Christopher has served New Life for over nine years, and we are grateful for
his faithfulness and dedication. We love him and his family, and we stand
with them as they walk through this difficult time.
If you have any questions about the Twentyfourseven leadership transition,
please feel free to contact me directly at ext. 103. Please continue to pray
as we seek God’s will in this vital season of our church.
Excited about our future,
Pastor Lance Coles
In the midst of all the pain and sadness New Life’s leadership and members have endured there is also something beautiful happening there. New Life hasn’t gone into hiding and tried to spin the outside world by saying all the blame and fault lie with just one man – Ted Haggard – and everyone else in the church is just great. Rather, they are taking this chance to look at everyone who serves there in a leadership position. They are actually encouraging everyone at the church to reexamine their own lives. And in all of this there is the clear desire to serve God above anything or anyone else no matter what.