First Baptist Church
Xiz

Owensboro, KY

#21 Jan 11, 2010
Ms Cheryl
Your Brother is a very warm hearted outspoken person who we love and admire. You wouldnt believe all the wonderful things he has done for the community and my family.
He and 2 other church leaders are why , My family has joined and me and my daughter were baptized to Baptist (former Catholic)Your brother is a wealth of knowledge and his wife and kids are VERY wonderful also.
I am Happy to call Bro Jack not only a spiritual leader but a close friend too.
Daughter

Murray, KY

#22 Jan 12, 2010
meinwv wrote:
I have heard peole talking and from what I understand the pastor stepped down because of his health.
:) This is my father. I can assure you this is not true. I call him 5 times a day :) believe it or not, we work out together too. He can walk, talk, eat, think, and teach. I know right. It's amazing. There are two types of people in the world.(1) Those who have a disability (2) Those who will. It is up to us to support people through hard times. Sometimes you may think a person is having a hard time functioning, but it is our job as christian's to empower them, not disable them.
llb

Madisonville, KY

#23 Jan 17, 2010
Jack and his family are dear friends and it is time to give them a break. Some other people in the church need to leave like the deacons. it is time to move on.
Charlie

Benton, KY

#24 Jan 17, 2010
As soon as this happened, my wife and I did all we could to organize those opposed to this action to see that the policies and procedures laid out in the church's constitution and by-laws were followed or that those who chose to violate that constitution were held to account by the congregation. Repeated promises were made by the deacons that an opportunity to discuss, make motions, and vote would occur. Those promises were repeatedly broken.

We had extensive email discussions with a deacon who (after initially emailing to tell me how awful my wife and I were) swore up, down, and sideways that they did nothing wrong, that it was all "for the good of the church" and no matter how many ways we showed him the scriptural and constitutional paths that would have been proper to resolve the situation, his and many of the other deacons' ears were closed, like a child holding his hands to his head yelling "LALALALALA" so that he can't hear you. They continually quoted Matt. 18 as the way to solve the conflict yet ignored the instruction of the Lord given to the people of Israel on how to deal with those who sin against the church body in Joshua. After being denied a proper forum to discuss the situation and move forward once again, I decided that I would not place my family under the authority of those who obviously did not follow Christ's will for His church. It's one thing to have in-church conflict and walk diligently the path to bring repentance, redemption, and reconciliation. It's another when your path is irrevocably blocked by those in power who caused the need for reconciliation in the first place. The Bible is clear - time to shake the dust off.

There is no other way to say it than that Bro. Jack's departure was orchestrated by a tyranny of the minority, a power hungry few, mostly of multi-generational families of the church, who believed they knew better than God what was best for His church. Satan continues to win victory after victory within FBC. All those of us who love the church - the people, not the building - can do is pray, pray, pray for repentance and resolve to love them as honestly as God loves us, even when that love isn't reciprocated.
Guest 2

Cookeville, TN

#26 Jan 17, 2010
Charlie wrote:
As soon as this happened, my wife and I did all we could to organize those opposed to this action to see that the policies and procedures laid out in the church's constitution and by-laws were followed or that those who chose to violate that constitution were held to account by the congregation. Repeated promises were made by the deacons that an opportunity to discuss, make motions, and vote would occur. Those promises were repeatedly broken.
We had extensive email discussions with a deacon who (after initially emailing to tell me how awful my wife and I were) swore up, down, and sideways that they did nothing wrong, that it was all "for the good of the church" and no matter how many ways we showed him the scriptural and constitutional paths that would have been proper to resolve the situation, his and many of the other deacons' ears were closed, like a child holding his hands to his head yelling "LALALALALA" so that he can't hear you. They continually quoted Matt. 18 as the way to solve the conflict yet ignored the instruction of the Lord given to the people of Israel on how to deal with those who sin against the church body in Joshua. After being denied a proper forum to discuss the situation and move forward once again, I decided that I would not place my family under the authority of those who obviously did not follow Christ's will for His church. It's one thing to have in-church conflict and walk diligently the path to bring repentance, redemption, and reconciliation. It's another when your path is irrevocably blocked by those in power who caused the need for reconciliation in the first place. The Bible is clear - time to shake the dust off.
There is no other way to say it than that Bro. Jack's departure was orchestrated by a tyranny of the minority, a power hungry few, mostly of multi-generational families of the church, who believed they knew better than God what was best for His church. Satan continues to win victory after victory within FBC. All those of us who love the church - the people, not the building - can do is pray, pray, pray for repentance and resolve to love them as honestly as God loves us, even when that love isn't reciprocated.
Those are very good points. It is sad when the members don't are denied a voice or even a forum to express their views. The dictatorial attitude of those in control demonstrate that they are out of fellowship with God. It's obvious from your account they won't let anything interfere with their authority or won't allow it to be questioned. These type of individuals never consider that "they" could be the ones that are wrong. The insight you share verifies much of what I said in my original post on the first page of this thread. You certainly deserve credit for you efforts to solve the situation and make sure the church by laws and constitution were followed. Hope you and your family find a church home that is free from the distractions of such an oppressive, unspiritual environment.

“just here”

Since: Oct 09

LOVE LAND

#27 Jan 31, 2010
Cheryl Acree Smith wrote:
<quoted text>
The first time I read your comment, I thought you must be one of the deacons at FBC....but upon second thought...I realized you cannot possibly know my brother at all to make that statement.
Dr. Jack Acree (yes, he also has a doctorate degree) would never walk away from his congregation due to "health" reasons without standing in front of them and personally telling them why he felt that he needed to leave them.
I hope you know I meant no harm by that statement. I was just saying what I had heard, I never said I knew that for a fact. The person, who I heard say that is a very good, giving person and he acted like he knew what he was talking about, he was getting attacked over it, because he goes there.{ maybe that was his defence} He also said your brother was a good man and would be missed. and no I don't have the honor of knowing your brother from what I hear he would be a great man to know. Me myself just don"t understand all the pilitics in whats suppose to be a church.
Sunday School Teacher

Dunmor, KY

#28 Feb 2, 2010
Who is the contact person now?
Guest 2

Cookeville, TN

#29 Apr 4, 2010
llb wrote:
Jack and his family are dear friends and it is time to give them a break. Some other people in the church need to leave like the deacons. it is time to move on.
Is it true that the Minister of Music is leaving soon?
Former member

Martin, TN

#30 Apr 4, 2010
We were once members of FBC-Fulton and Bro Jack Acree is a WONDERFUL man of God and we were blessed to have him in our lives. He is a loving husband and father and loves his church family as well. It's sad to hear that this has happened. I will be praying for his family and also for those who took the actions to remove him from the pulpit...shame on you! There is a just God and they will be held accountable. The city of Fulton continues to dry up and having this happening in the church is sad to hear.
WOW

Port Orange, FL

#31 Apr 5, 2010
The order is that the Pastor is the Head of the Church, and Jesus is Head of the Pastor. That is whats wrong with most churches today, and that's why a lot of people will not go to them.
Vistor

Monterey, TN

#32 Apr 13, 2010
I havn't been going to FBC but for a few weeks now, and I was wondering where the song director was Sunday. I came in late and I guess I missed what was going on. I really enjoy his style.
Wesley

Cookeville, TN

#33 Apr 13, 2010
Vistor wrote:
I havn't been going to FBC but for a few weeks now, and I was wondering where the song director was Sunday. I came in late and I guess I missed what was going on. I really enjoy his style.
That's because he was leading the music at Central Baptist in Martin Sunday morning.
FULTON IS A DEAD TOWN

Murray, KY

#34 Apr 13, 2010
So sad to hear this about Bro. Jack and his dear family!
Does anyone from First Baptist care to comment on how many pastors have been "let go" in just the last 20 years? How about the big turnover in the youth ministers, music etc...Fulton First Baptist has had problems for MANY YEARS!! Seems the "old timers" want things done their way or no way!
Just goes to show you that Fulton and the "old money people" DO NOT want change of any kind in Fulton. If you live/work in Fulton and not born/raised here--plan on being snubbed (unless you are giving $ to the "elites" or sucking butt for some other reason.
Stephen Fix

Memphis, TN

#35 Apr 19, 2010
I am saddened by this. I remember when Jack first came to Mid-Continent in the 70's. He was a breath of fresh air. We spent many nights discussing theology in the old dorm. His mind was that of a scholar, even at that age. At Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary we shared a house and attended classes together.
Jack has always been fair in his assesments and loving in his deportment. If what I am reading in this blog is true then a grave injustice has been done to a man of God.
Jack, do not give up. I left the ministry after seventeen years due to a situation just like this. It is something I bitterly regret.
To those who know Jack, please support him with your prayers and encouragement. You tend to second guess yourself in this type situation. No one knows what he is going through.
Please remember God is too great to be knocked off course by the activity of malicious men or by the inactivity of good but weak men.

An old friend.
sad

Fulton, KY

#36 Apr 27, 2010
Where is Bro. Jack now? I'd drive 100+ miles to attend one of his services!
guest

Dunmor, KY

#37 Apr 28, 2010
WOW wrote:
The order is that the Pastor is the Head of the Church, and Jesus is Head of the Pastor. That is whats wrong with most churches today, and that's why a lot of people will not go to them.
JESUS is HEAD of HIS Church.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#38 Aug 5, 2010
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
JESUS is HEAD of HIS Church.
Kindly remind the select few that allowed this to happen. We want Jack Back!
Anonymous

Monterey, TN

#39 Aug 5, 2010
disappointed wrote:
The reason Bro. Jack Acre was fired was because the inner circle still wants to live in the dark ages. First he would not fire a janitor that they did not like and then some of the old ladies were listening to the youth minister preach to some of the youth and they didn't like what he said. Also that he had children coming in who's parents were not members of the church and were not contributing any money. Most christians now that if you get the children to attend, you have a good chance of the parents following. The youth minister was talking about sex education and was preaching it at the level the kids understood and basically told them not to have sex before they were married. But because some old ladies didn't like all the language he used, they wanted him fired. Guest 2 hit it right on the nose. I will never return to that church again. I loved Bro. Jack Acree and the way he helped the community during the ice storm and his services. If he starts preaching anywhere else, that is where I will go.
This is the reason that people not only leave Baptist churches in favor of another but change denominations altogether. Churches like the Methodist Church and Disciples of Christ seem have less infighting and backstabbing....
sunday school teacher

Dunmor, KY

#40 Aug 5, 2010
most church's should have a sign on the door saying:

Family owned and operated!
Deloris

Louisville, KY

#41 Sep 3, 2010
Yes I agree, some churches should have a sign on the door that says that (Family owned and operated)

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