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    Pastor’s New Mustache Alienates Congregation

    "I couldn't get used to it," says Janet Stassey, one of 55 longtime members who left Living Word over the flap. "I like his preaching, but the mustache interferes with his ministry. He should recognize that."

    Pfeiffer says he didn't realize his facial hair would upset so many people. Some told him he looks creepy, like a "skinny version of Robert Goulet."

    "I like the old look," grumbles Leo Winter, 46, who has considered leaving the church. "When a pastor isn't consistent, things go off the rails. What's next? A goatee?"

    Alright... if you didn't already guess... this is a humor piece. smile  All sarcasm aside though, I've seen people leave churches for sillier reasons. smile

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    FOR DISCUSSION:  Just for fun... what's the silliest reason you've ever heard for someone leaving a church?


    According to  SPRINGFIELD, IL—Pastor Rick Pfeiffer returned from vacation with a new mustache, promptly dividing his church.


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    1. Chris Rhodes on Tue, July 05, 2005

      Here are two unique reasons I have been told that people were leaving our church:

      Pastor was wearing shorts

      Pastor was “caught” playing Pokemon video game with younger sibling (I’m the oldest of 7)

    2. Bart on Tue, July 05, 2005

      Once had a family leave the church because we served the wrong food after the father’s funeral.

    3. michael on Tue, July 05, 2005

      i heard of people leaving a church because they replaced the wooden pulpit that had a cross on it with a clear plexi-glass pulpit.

    4. brian on Tue, July 05, 2005

      I pastored a church where people left because “there was too many new people”.  In fact a board member was the one to tell me, and she agreed!   aggghhh…I knew I was in the wrong place after that…

    5. Mr. Children's Pastor on Tue, July 05, 2005

      Because the church used “foam” cups for the coffee time and a brand of toilet tissue they did not consider “friendly to the environment.” We even had a recycling container out to place the used foam cups in. What next—- recycle the toilet paper?

    6. Brian O on Tue, July 05, 2005

      I was on staff at a church where people left the church, because we moved the organ?   The organ was moved 4 feet, and it was broken to boot!

    7. Ohio Pastor on Tue, July 05, 2005

      I served a church where we lost a couple who were offended that I shook their hands with my left hand rather than my right.

    8. pjlr on Tue, July 05, 2005

      If you really want a laugh, check out the article titled “Woman upset over theatre mixup.”

    9. StrobeAlific on Wed, July 06, 2005

      Get this.  Someone complained and left because the Senior Pastor took a vacation.  We’ve also heard, “No Pastor…no tithe” on times when he is gone or we’ve had a guest speaker.  I guess Gary Smalley isn’t good enough for some people.

    10. Pastor John Atkinson on Wed, July 06, 2005

      Sadly when it comes down to it people leave their churches because they came with the mindset of what can this church do for me instead of what can I do for this church. We have people leave all the time because they say our church is growing too fast. I always answer it the same way. Have you read the story of the Acts church lately? Ha

    11. Shawn Wood on Wed, July 06, 2005

      I thinks it time we do church like this:

    12. Al on Wed, July 06, 2005

      We had a couple leave our church because there were no stain-glass-windows… funny thing, we were worshiping in a school gym?

    13. TG on Wed, July 06, 2005

      In today’s church there is no commitment. Maybe becasue there is no persecution, in other words, church is too easy! Well its kind of sad, and we should all remember it wasn’t easy for the Acts church to get started. It cost a lot of people there lives. We should focus less on “churchy stuff” and more on the author and leader of our Church!

    14. Jim Reich on Thu, July 07, 2005

      No joke - I pastored a church for 1-1/2 years where my associate was downgraded by the leadership team on his eval after he grew a goatee. The rationale was he looked like he couldn’t be trusted… What would Jesus say to that? Funny thing was I’d had a full beard from day one there & nobody ever said a word… Maybe that’s why they accepted my resignation so quickly when the Lord moved me on…

    15. Thea on Tue, July 12, 2005

      I am currently serving a church (been here going on 4 years) and some of the members are upset that I have worked hard and lost 150 lbs. I now am getting comments like, “Don’t like having a sex kitten for a pastor,” or “if I was 30 years younger I’d give your husband a run for his money,” and my “favorite,” since you lost all that fat you aren’t as friendly/good listener/pretty/good preacher/teacher/mother/wife/women’s pastor/fill in blank….as you were before you lost the weight. (Note: the comments about being a wife and mother DO NOT come from my husband or kids.) Or how about this one: “Now that you’re skinny, I can’t come to church because I can’t stand the thought of you and your husband having sex.” I was happily married before they called me. Other female clergy get this one while they are pregnant. I have a friend who even had a couple leave because they knew she would be breast feeding…Urggggh!!!

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