I haven't heard anything out of the former pastor. Seems he went to FL to get _______ by some other pastors (restored or something or whatever they call it). My mother-in-law used to attend there, so that's the only ties I have to it. The reason I know so much about it, is that is was highly televised about his affair on our local station. My mother-in-law is one of the people that voted FOR the assistant pastor to get the lead pastor position, but he did not get it, and therefore the church split, and he and she and quite a few others left to start their own thing. Classic split.<quoted text>
Is the old pastor still preaching? Sounds like you have some former ties to this church. In small towns everyone seems to know what is going on. However, they must be doing something right to have a 1000 people in attendance. The church I go to has had times of pastor changes dating back 25 or30 years, but I would not call it a split but attendance did drop. In fact I have seen the same issues in the coc where a new preacher comes in and half the people move to the coc across town following the old preacher. Christians are people and people can be finicky.
I remember a coc I was in where the preacher had an affair and was never able to preach again and I thought he was a pretty good preacher, the church struggled with attendance for years after that. Today it is a thriving church with 1500 or more members.
It is amazing how many people in the coc do church hopping-seems they are never really satisfied:) In fact every church experiences the ebb and flow of change.
I honestly wasn't in the COC long enough to know a lot about their church-hopping habits. Not surprising though. All denominations have that. Sad, too. I wonder if the church back in the first century did that? I can see it now: "Peter, I don't like that Paul's preaching. I think I'm going to walked down the way to Phillip's house and listen to him preach. He's more charismatic, and makes me feel good about myself."