The pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church in Tennessee for three decades resigned abruptly March 6 because of a leadership dispute with the congregation’s four-member elder board, Bob Allen of Baptist News Global reports.
Rick White, 63, pastor of The People’s Church in Franklin, Tenn., for 33 years, announced at the end of his sermon March 8 that he had verbally agreed to the elders to step down but then reconsidered. He asked the congregation for a vote of confidence in his leadership.
All four elders were present March 8, and one rose to speak on their behalf. The elder reportedly said there is no issue with the pastor’s preaching or his pastoral skills, but the board was dissatisfied with White’s management style in his daily direction of the staff. He said the biggest problem was what they viewed as “insubordination” to the elder board.
He later resigned.