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William Thornton wrote:It's hard to believe that it has been five years since I was first made aware of the anti-pastor blog that went by the name FBCJax Watchdog. Lots of folks have gripes about their church or the new pastor of their church but that was about the first time I recall seeing the opposition be in the form of a blog.
It became a case study, probably the best case study, of how a pastor and church should not try and handle criticism. Mac Brunson and FBCJax were totally and completely inept in addressing the blog. Lawsuits, depositions, and finally a settlement.
Tom Rich recently announced the settlement on his blog.
Wade Burleson, who knows something about being reviled as a blogger gives a pretty good summary of the whole sordid affair.
I think some of the lessons learned from this would be,
1. Folks in church should have an avenue for honest feedback, even if it is negative.
2. The church leadership cannot control the message, so they had better learn to handle it.
3. Pastors do dumb things.
4. If you want to play hardball you had better be familiar with the whole game.
5. You cannot recover some of what is squandered away with foolish actions. The damage is permanent.
Dave Roberts wrote: Don't abuse the system by drawing in law enforcement and trying to use their powers for your own purposes.
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