We haven’t done this for a while. Let’s look at the words from a pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC), Greg Bradshaw, and discuss them.
As you may recall, senior Pastor James MacDonald is long gone from HBC, and the remaining pastors/elders are trying to salvage what is left.
They recently held a Family Meeting. There is a link to the audio of the meeting in this tweet:
The following was transcribed by Jessica, an ex-HBC member, and tweeted. These are the words from Pastor Greg Bradshaw. I listened to this particular part of the audio and Jessica did a good job transcribing. A few minor filler words were left out, but she got the gist of Bradshaw’s words and his tone. The bolding is done by Jessica. I retyped it further below to make it easier to read.
“There are no secrets at Harvest Bible Chapel….Anyone can know anything. If you want to know something, you come and ask me, you come and ask your leaders, we’ll tell you. But not everyone needs to know everything. We’re not opening up a new, like, blog post to say new things so that everybody knows everything. That’s not wise. We want to make sure that we inform you.
But you can know anything you want to know…it’s your church; it’s your money….No one should tell everyone anything. No ONE should tell EVERYONE anything. That’s the role of your leaders. We are entrusted, and we’re going to give an account. You’re not going to give an account. So if you want to learn something, and you want to come in, and I need [to] tell you that Jeff Donaldson got a severance. And you want to blab it out to everyone, you could choose to do that, but that’s not your job. (silence) That’s our job. We believe it’s a thing to do, we should tell you. Bit it’s not yours.
You don’t have to give an account like Dave Learned or John Smith, like Hebrews 13:17 says. They’re gonna give an account by the way they lead you, in the way they shepherd you, and guard you, and guide you. Not the person who decides to go out and tell somebody what’s going on in our church.”
~Greg Bradshaw | HBC RM Family Meeting | May 29, 2019
Ideas for Discussion
What are your observations about Pastor Bradshaw’s words? What is he trying to do?
Are there any problems that you notice?
How do you think the current members of HBC would receive his words?
In your opinion, is Pastor Bradshaw responding Biblically?