About 5 years ago, I left the denomination that introduced me to Jesus. I didn’t walk out of the Church of the Nazarene with fanfare, fireworks or middle fingers. My relationship with the CotN had more of a soft closing. But I did leave. I let my credentials lapse. I’m currently serving, preaching, and pursuing ordination in the United Methodist Church. When I first left the CotN, I got emails left and right from different pastors and friends wanting to know if it was true that I left, why I left, and if I’ll consider staying. Eventually, those kind of emails stopped. Now, I get emails from young Nazarene ministers asking me why I left, if they should leave, where they could go, and how to leave gracefully. I haven’t been shy about this conversation in person, but I haven’t Facebooked or said anything publicly about leaving the CotN, mostly because I love the CotN and I don’t want to hurt my friends there or somehow appear bitter. But I think it’s time I shared my story because I am entirely uncomfortable caring for so many ministry hopefuls who feel like they can’t serve in a church they love.
- A Thanksgiving Prayer by Walter Brueggemann November 26, 2015
- My Address to St. Paul’s UMC, Church Conference 2015 November 19, 2015
- Questioning NNU’s President, Part 3: The Vote of No Confidence April 15, 2015
- Questioning NNU’s President, Part 2: The Capital Education Marketing Failure April 13, 2015
- Questioning NNU’s President, Part 1: The Graduate Counseling Ed Program April 12, 2015