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Beer And Bibles Skittled

Submitted by on May 10, 2010 – 12:41 pm One Comment

A church planter who came up with what others would think is an excellent ‘missional idea’ has had his funding pulled and finds himself out in the cold, despite having recently moved and needing to support a wife and three children.  Here’s an excerpt from the Christian Post who ran the story:

Very few things take church planter Charles Hill by surprise.  But when a group that agreed to support his new ministry work in the middle of a predominantly Mormon community suddenly pulled its financial backing and gave him the boot, he was totally caught off guard. Hill had just begun to host Bible studies and reach out to the unchurched and those who were seeking something outside of the dominant religious preference in Utah – where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is headquartered – when he got fired.

He was allegedly let go because he drank half a beer in public during the new “Beer and Bible” meeting he started last month. While he was told that was the main issue, he doesn’t have all the details because he didn’t receive a phone call or e-mail from the decision makers, he said. His boss, whom he respects and who had given him permission to conduct “Beer and Bible,” broke the news to him a couple of weeks ago.

He now has less than 60 days before he and his family – wife and three kids – are cut off from all funding and left “abandoned,” as he put it. “It’s troubling,” Hill told The Christian Post. “We’re out here trying to reach people as Jesus would. “It’s still baffling to me that when your boss has given you permission that you can still get terminated for something such as that.”

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  • Ian Hussey says:

    Supporting church planters who by nature are ‘on the edge’both with their discontent with existing churches and with their ministries is an important issue for institutional churches to address. The ‘rebel’ nature of church planters is both their strength and weakness. But we must support these guys.

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