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Southridge Church Mbr

Jeffersonville, IN

#1 Apr 17, 2013
This was once a wonderful church. However, after the long-term pastor retired, the new pastor adopted a leadership approach that removed all semblances of the old organization- Sunday School groups that had met for 20 years were disbanded. He even excommunicated some members from the church for privately disagreeing! My 93 year old mother was forbidden from formally meeting with her other senior friend who had belonged to a women's group for more than 30 years. This was the one thing she looked forward to every week. This was most confusing for her! Anyone who was over 45 was viewed as suspect and certainly not worthy of any position of leadership or authority. This became a bastion of young people and feels very seeker sensitive now. Gone are the "grays". Very very sad!!
Southridge Church Mbr

Jeffersonville, IN

#2 Apr 17, 2013
Those of us "grays" built that place from the ground up (literally) and were granted a great deal of respect by our beloved former pastor.We were in positions of authority and really worked hard to maintain a family atmosphere that was inclusive off all ages. I am angry to this day about what happened there. So many relationships that were built over thirty plus years were lost because people left the church either by choice or were forced to and ended up attending other places. If you go back and listen to the sermons of the man who took over after our beloved minister left, you will find that they are all about him and directly attack those of us in a older generation. It is a very manipulative attempt to persuade parishoners to jump on his bandwagon. It was so sad how many competent, honest leaders who were volunteers and on paid staff mysteriously were absent as I would look around on a sunday morning service. It still makes me sad how foolish we were to want a new leader to grow our church- we never really asked HOW this was going to happen (move out the grays and recruit lots of young blood)
WVJujitsu

Buffalo, WV

#3 Apr 17, 2013
That stuff happened a few years ago. That pastor resigned and there is a new one there now. I would assume things have improved.
charliewest

Buffalo, WV

#4 Apr 17, 2013
yep my aunt was excommunicated from southridge by paster vp
Lifeonedge202

Greensburg, PA

#5 Apr 17, 2013
My son hasn't returned to church since his experience at that church. Said too many people hurt there by Veep or whatever the hell his name was. He said Christians ain't suppose to do others like that
Educatewv

Charleston, WV

#6 Apr 17, 2013
Vp was the mans name. Had a major power complex and was given complete authority to do whatever he wanted. Had a interesting way of interpreting the bible. Since he was the spiritual authority of the church it was sinful to disagree.
Educatewv

Charleston, WV

#7 Apr 17, 2013
Miss you Ed!!
Saved4life

Jeffersonville, IN

#8 Apr 20, 2013
Praying things have changed there. A change needed
Anti Cultist

Charleston, WV

#9 Apr 21, 2013
Just another Cult, teaching Superstition and the Supernatural.
jc4me

Buffalo, WV

#10 Apr 23, 2013
Not so inclined to call it a cult. However, there were some uncanny events that happened a few years ago. Disagree with the pastor...be preached about from pulpit then shown the door. When you move away from the WORD OF GOD and focus more on growth and building a personal reputation, bad things happen
yozer

Charleston, WV

#11 Apr 23, 2013
are ya"ll judging??????? shame on you
Bnjoboy

United States

#12 Apr 23, 2013
Just so those who don't attend here know, the events this prior poster mentioned occurred well before my family even attended Southridge, and we've been there for the past 4 years. I've heard of issues with things in the past, but I will say there is no better church in Charleston. My entire family has been changed by the teachings that are displayed in this church day in and day out. I enjoyed pastor Palmer, never had an issue with him and never once thought that he had manipulated the word of God in any way. This church is full of God loving people who are willing to change from tradition to further the kingdom. I'm certain the music, and jeans may not appeal to all. Yet show me in the word of God where reverence means a suit and tie and a organ. This may not be the church for all, but it is for me. My family came to know Christ in a genuinely true relational way, a way that had never been portrayed to me in churches of the past. Our new pastor is amazing, and am so excited to see him at Southridge. God has amazing things for this Church, if you are seeking a church you will find none better. Come and see what's its about and worry not of the posts regarding bygone times.
Bnjoboy

United States

#13 Apr 23, 2013
Also my 87 year old grandmother loves the music...go figure...and the preaching! The post regarding the lack of the older generation would certainly be deemed grossly misinterpreted...she gets her walker out and shouts all service....love God, forgive the past, but don't trash a place when people may be seeking a place to worship, be it my church or anyone else's....God will hold those accountable for judging, especially if matters of eternity and the soul are harmed...
yea

Charleston, WV

#14 Apr 23, 2013
typical crutch needing people. get a life the lord is not coming
Sure thing

Elkview, WV

#15 Apr 23, 2013
Are you saying as a christian a female dared to question a pastor?

Obviously not a real christian, if you'd read the bible you'd know a woman isn't supposed to question the authority of a man.

It's your religion, try to follow it.
the man

Charleston, WV

#16 Apr 23, 2013
and the bible is a piece of paper that was wasted
Charleston Crew

Charleston, WV

#17 Apr 24, 2013
Glad to hear that it is better. I visited a few times a few years ago, before your new pastor and didn't like it at all. I hear what you are saying about negative words compromising the advancement of the gospel. This is true, but it can also be true from the pulpit. There were many damaging words spoken from there in the past. Your same standard applies to that as well. You are fortunate that you were not the recipient of the crap. I didn't see anyone talk about suits, ties, or organs. Perhaps you do not fully understand the past issue or biblical hermeneutics sir.
Bnjoboy wrote:
Just so those who don't attend here know, the events this prior poster mentioned occurred well before my family even attended Southridge, and we've been there for the past 4 years. I've heard of issues with things in the past, but I will say there is no better church in Charleston. My entire family has been changed by the teachings that are displayed in this church day in and day out. I enjoyed pastor Palmer, never had an issue with him and never once thought that he had manipulated the word of God in any way. This church is full of God loving people who are willing to change from tradition to further the kingdom. I'm certain the music, and jeans may not appeal to all. Yet show me in the word of God where reverence means a suit and tie and a organ. This may not be the church for all, but it is for me. My family came to know Christ in a genuinely true relational way, a way that had never been portrayed to me in churches of the past. Our new pastor is amazing, and am so excited to see him at Southridge. God has amazing things for this Church, if you are seeking a church you will find none better. Come and see what's its about and worry not of the posts regarding bygone times.
Charleston Crew

Charleston, WV

#18 Apr 24, 2013
Yes even those who stand behind a pulpit!
Bnjoboy wrote:
Also my 87 year old grandmother loves the music...go figure...and the preaching! The post regarding the lack of the older generation would certainly be deemed grossly misinterpreted...she gets her walker out and shouts all service....love God, forgive the past, but don't trash a place when people may be seeking a place to worship, be it my church or anyone else's....God will hold those accountable for judging, especially if matters of eternity and the soul are harmed...
lol

Charleston, WV

#19 Apr 24, 2013
Not much difference in a big church or a bar...both are like a club, where you pay for friends through either over priced drinks or tithes...take the money away and either will shun you...what a joke
I love my church

Saint Albans, WV

#20 Jul 12, 2015
Many times when change occurs in a organization, part of the people will lash out for they are not open to change. I read these negative comments and can not agree with what I am reading. I've attended this church since 2010 and have only grown stronger with the Lord because of the teachings here and the family enviroment in this top notch congregation. My walk with God began with VP Palmer, and I will forever be grateful that he sought me out and introduced me to Southridge. Now my journey continues with Marc Sundstrom at the helm. You can feel the energy increase week after week as more and more people keep coming through the doors to learn more about Christ.

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