Elders of the multicampus Crossroads Christian Church in Indiana have reportedly fired two pastors in a dispute over “philosophical differences.”
“The elders of Crossroads Christian Church have announced that a search will begin immediately for a new lead/senior pastor. This is not a result of any moral failure on the part of the most recent Lead Pastor, Patrick Garcia. This decision was due primarily to philosophical differences in church leadership,” the church headquartered in Newburgh said in a statement on Facebook, announcing the firings of Pastors Garcia and Rick Kyle.
“Teaching Pastor, Rick Kyle, will also be leaving the church. We wish nothing but the best for these leaders who will be pursuing new ministry roles. We affirm our remaining Crossroads pastors and staff, knowing that they will continue to minister with excellence in the communities we serve. Our vision remains steadfast ‘To connect everyone, everywhere to Jesus by multiplying leaders, campuses, and churches,'” the elders added.
Information on both Garcia and Kyle has already been removed from the church’s website.
The announcement of their departures has garnered more than 500 comments on the church’s Facebook page despite the church asking members to wait until this weekend’s services to comment or ask questions.
Top Crossroads officials contacted for further comment about the philosophical differences in leadership were not immediately available for comment Friday.
The Christian Post also contacted Paul Linge, who as of Friday was listed on the church’s website as executive pastor, but was informed that he, too, had resigned in recent weeks.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair