“We’re fixin’ to get ready to commence to begin to start to do something—maybe,” says Dave with a note of irritation in his voice when Pastor Marty Williams comes into the classroom and innocently asks, “What are you doing?”
Dave is setting up tables and laying out folders full of material for everyone he expects to attend a Vision Team huddle.
Pastor Williams agreed to form the Vision Team because Dave Oldham pressured him to do so, but he is just not sure the congregation is ready yet for transition and change.
Dave is a long-term member of the congregation, is now in his seventies, is chairperson of the board, and angry the pastor is not providing better leadership.
“Pastor, I am going to do something even if it kills me! Even if it kills you,” declares Dave shaking his finger in the pastor’s face. “We cannot keep going like we have been doing since you came as pastor.
“I know it is not your fault. We were like this when you came to Greenville three years ago. You have just not done enough since you came to turn the church around.”