Another CELEBRITY Pastor Falls From his Throne

2 Jul

The name Tullian Tchividjian may not mean much to you, but I am sure that you are familiar with the name Billy Graham.  Billy Graham was his grandfather, and paved the road to his Christian stardom.  Tullian was a poster-child of Evangelicalism and a celebrity pastor from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church.  Here is a link to the official statement from church leaders.  He resigned on Sunday due to an inappropriate relationship.

My only connection to the man is that I was forced to read one of Tullian’s book while on staff at a “megachurch.”  The book’s title was Unfashionable:Making a Difference in the World by Being Different.  (There is much I want to say, but I will choose to hold my tongue.)

Here is a link to the news story.

This news does not excite me.  This news does not make me more cynical of the church or church leadership.  his news motivates me to once again speak about the dangers of megachurches and their affect on the men and women who lead them.  I was once an insider.  I have served on staff at two large churches, but never again.

How many men will we broadcast exposing them to a spotlight that their faults cannot hide?  How long will we set pastors upon pedestals that they cannot maintain?

I was a child when the Jimmy Baker failure came to light.  I remember the jokes and stories about Tammy Faye Baker (including the t-shirts smeared with make-up).

I am not laughing today.

This is not an actor, but a real man.  This is not a reality tv show, but a real family.  While a megachurch, Coral Ridge is filled with real people who are seeking spiritual health (Megachurches tend to lose their personal touch and feel.).

My thoughts and prayers are extended to them.

My mind wonders how the Kingdom maintain any integrity in our culture when we create megachurches and celebrity pastors.

Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to understand emerging adults.




3 Responses to “Another CELEBRITY Pastor Falls From his Throne”

  1. Ben July 6, 2015 at 06:37 #

    And still many things he wrote and said were filled with the Gospel and a great help for christians worldwide. Even the Apostles were confessing to be the “foremost” sinners, “stumbling in many ways”. Sin is serious; the consequences for Pastors are even more serious, but we live by Grace alone. Tullian never preached himself to be a saint, but a forgiven sinner.

    • gdavidboyd July 6, 2015 at 11:41 #

      Absolutely, Ben. My purpose is not to discredit who he is or what he has done. The purpose of the article is to start discussions on how churches (especially megachurches) can leverage our need for leadership with the fallen human nature. The megachurch movement is dangerous for men and women who seek to lead. I wonder how megachurches have the power and audacity to maintain borders and rules upon their celebrity pastors especially when churches becomes so built around a personality (like Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll). How can we in a technological world that is driven by world-wide media (rather than local) maintain the integrity of the church?

      I also pray that Tullian will know God’s grace.


  1. You can’t keep a good man down? – Tullian Tchividjian and the Spotlight | More Than A Beard - August 28, 2015

    […] Tullian Tchividjian – “Evangelical Posterchild”, writer, author, and speaker – was the Lead Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church until June when it became public that he had been involved in an affiar.  Here is more about the story. […]

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