July 2, 2009
Can’t buy Brad Braxton love
Remember that Manhattan pastor who was unsuccessfully sued by a faction of his church that was unhappy with his pay and compensation package of as much as $600,000?
Well, the air never really cleared for the Rev. Brad Braxton. Monday, only nine months into one of the most distinguished pulpit appointments in the country, Braxton resigned.
“The consistent discord has made it virtually impossible to establish a fruitful covenant between the congregation and me,” Braxton wrote in an email to his congregation.
But the discord was not just over his pay. In fact, that might have been more of a straw man for liberal, big-tent churchgoers who disapproved of their new Baptist-ordained minister. More on the theological battle from The New York Times:
That an evangelical pastor could be ask to lead a congregation with a strong contingency of members who seem somewhat Unitarian is surprising. That those members could be so influential as to force the pastor to resign against the wishes of the church majority and its board is amazing.