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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

    If you know someone who could use a chuckle today, please pass it on to them with the 'forward to a friend' link below.  And have a great day!

    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. Mark Simpson on Tue, July 12, 2005

      After ministering in many churches and to many leaders and gathering and studying, we composed a study that has been a big “hit” with church leaders: Why Some Folks Don’t Fit In Any Church.  Now we have a second seminar, Why Some (entire) Churches Cannot Be Pastored.  Suffice it to say, some of the problem lies with this very issue I like to call Goldilocks Syndrome: bed too hard, bed too soft, porridge too cold, porridge too hot. I have a beard, and once heard a preacher say that a minister with a beard is not right because he must be hiding something.  (I wonder what skeleton Jesus had in his closet.)

      These two seminars were designed primarily to speak up for faithful ministers that find some folks impossible to please, and also to help churches discern who should or should not be promoted into leadership and influence.  For a copy of one or both, just write!  Thanks again, MMI!

    2. dlf on Mon, July 18, 2005

      One woman in my first church wouldn’t come to church for over two years, because I spoke too long with another parishioner at the door following the service.  She didn’t want to wait to shake my hand, and pushed past us without saying a word.  I didn’t know it for several weeks, and calls to her went unanswered, but she told everyone loud and long about how unfriendly I was.

    3. Phil on Tue, July 19, 2005

      The two things that stick out in my mind the most is the church split over what color to paint the bathrooms and whether or nt there should be a clock in the sanctuary.

    4. David Lord on Thu, July 28, 2005

      In one pastorate in a semi-rural area, I was preaching about the disciples on the sea of Galilee “rowing against the wind.”  I said that sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we feel that we are rowing against the wind and we are tempted to shake our fist toward heaven and shout, “God, life sucks!”  When several people gasped, I knew I was in trouble.  They did not leave, but several of them thought that a preacher who would “cuss” in church should leave. (I didn’t leave…)

    5. Pastor Dave on Tue, August 09, 2005

      I never had this happen before!  One man told me, “I’ve learned more this past year (our first year at this church) than I ever did before… so we’re leaving to go to another church.”

      That settles it; we need to keep them in ignorance to keep them happy!

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