Tullian Tchividjian has been removed from ministry by his new church, days after his former church picked his replacement.
“In view of some recent disclosures of which we were previously unaware, we recently decided to end [his] employment,” Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, Florida, told CT this morning.
Kevin Labby, the church’s senior pastor, also announced to Patheos blogger Warren Throckmorton that he and four other board members (out of nine total) have resigned from the Liberate Network, a resource ministry focused on “God’s inexhaustible grace” that Tchividjian founded in 2011.
Last month, Liberate announced its relaunch and praised Tchividjian’s restoration process for “going remarkably well.”
“Repentance is progressive and often painful,” wrote Willow Creek in its statement to CT. “It involves disclosing and dealing with the darkest places of our hearts and lives.”
Tchividjian, a grandson of Billy Graham, echoed Willow Creek’s words on repentance verbatim to CT. “Although, this has been extremely difficult for me to do, I remain committed to that painful and progressive process,” he stated.
“Nothing grieves me more than the fact that people are suffering because of my sins, both in my past as well as in the present,” Tchividjian told CT. “I want to be perfectly clear that I take full responsibility for this.
“Please pray for those who are most deeply effected and please respect their privacy,” he said. “God knows how sorry I am for all the damage I’ve caused and the people who have been hurt. Please pray that the good work God has begun will be carried out to completion.”
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SOURCE: Christianity Today