In the “Fall 2011” edition of Leadership Journal, the following article was run.
Sunday, Bloody Stun-day
At New Welcome Baptist Church in Alabama an irate minister of music “Tased” a pastor who had just fired him, and a deacon stabbed the musician’s mother.
The shocking incident occurred after Pastor Darryl Riley told worship leader Simone Moore that he was being let go. Moore disputed the amount of his final paycheck and blasted the pastor with a Taser gun.
Several church members rushed the dueling clergymen. In the melee that followed, Deacon Harvey Hunt pulled a knife and stabbed the musician’s mom. “I said, ‘Oh my God, he done cut me, Agolia Moore told a local television station. Moore suffered a gash on her arm that required 19 stitches. She claimed church leaders ganged up on her son when he was fired. “They owed him,” Agolia said. “He asked them for his money. That was the big thing right there, wasn’t no more or no less.”
The music minister wanted an additional $600.
I would be the first to admit that this is entertaining reading. It would be comical if it weren’t so serious. When Paul writes to Timothy he outlines the character that is critical for those who lead. Paul writes, “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self controlled… not quarrelsome…He must have a good reputation with outsiders.”
As a church we will forge a reputation one way or another. How we treat one another matters. How we resolve conflict matters. How we live matters.