Reaction of the Nashville Church
We had an all-church midweek service last night to address the issues brought up by the letter. I'm happy to report that Doug Lambert (the lead evangelist), and Barry Holt and Woody Rowe (the elders) are clearly getting it.
They each apologized, quite sincerely I thought, for their role in letting things get to where they are. They apologized very specifically. Here are some of the items:
Some of the immediate reforms:
Doug acknowledged that last night was just a beginning, and pledged to continue making changes as needed. He scheduled two open forums, and he and the elders stayed till everyone left, answering questions and dealing with people's concerns and issues.
The congregation responded very favorably to the whole thing. There were many who had left the church also present, and I heard some positive responses from them and from some of the previously out-for-blood types. Additionally, one brother who is a friend of mine and who initially opposed what Henry's letter had to say has softened up considerably. I'd say the vast majority of the disciples were very relieved, and the church is beginning to move in the right direction again.