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FBCJax and FBCJax Watchdog settle

Postby William Thornton » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:53 pm

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.
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Re: FBCJax and FBCJax Watchdog settle

Postby Dave Roberts » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:51 am

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.


You might add one more: Don't abuse the system by drawing in law enforcement and trying to use their powers for your own purposes.

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Re: FBCJax and FBCJax Watchdog settle

Postby Haruo » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:44 am

Dave Roberts wrote: Don't abuse the system by drawing in law enforcement and trying to use their powers for your own purposes.

Yeah, the sheriff is an arm of the state, and we're Baptists.
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Re: FBCJax and FBCJax Watchdog settle

Postby Haruo » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:58 am

Wade's post was pretty powerful, and I am glad comments were enabled.
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Re: FBCJax and FBCJax Watchdog settle

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:35 pm

When an apology is clearly in one's financial self-interest, it's kinda hard for me to view that apology as being sincere.

Brunson obviously apologized to avoid paying much more $$ in a settlement.

And it seems that Brunson thought he was in good shape until that judge recused himself. His attorney must have viewed that recusal as game, set and match. They sure did settle VERY quickly after that.
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Re: FBCJax and FBCJax Watchdog settle

Postby Haruo » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:40 pm

I wonder how the friendship is going between the two judges.
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