EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the initial stories made reference to Holtz being fired or removed from his pulpit, that was not the case. The headline of this post repeats that error. (3/27/2011)
United Methodist blogger and former pastor Chad Holtz was removed from his appointment this week. The news stories make it all about Rob Bell, but at least some of the coverage suggests deeper issues.
Chad, for his part, wrote his advice to pastors who want to keep their jobs.
1. Don’t blog or Facebook.
2. If you ignore #1, at least do so anonymously.
3. If you ignore #1 and #2, be sure your stuff is fluff. Write about daisies, the weather, your kids t-ball game, vacation plans, car repairs, and dinner recipes.
4. If you ignore #1, 2, and 3 and choose instead to write about matters of faith, be sure your ideas, thoughts, opinions and questions match the ideas, thoughts, opinions and questions of your congregation.
5. If you ignore #1, 2, 3, and 4 you can join me in a job hunt. And, if you are not completely disillusioned, help me plant a church where advice like this will not only be unnecessary, but absurd.
His list screams of hurt and damage. I hope he finds healing. As I read through is recent blog posts, I do see where some members of his congregation who hold traditional beliefs about hell would react poorly.
Holtz writes more about the causes of his removal on Rachel Held Evan’s blog here.
His story and his posts open up interesting questions about how pastors should blog.