EXCLUSIVE: Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. Addresses the Scandals in Today’s Churches!

What do you do when you were given something that you didn’t request and it’s seemingly killing you? How do you handle a major responsibility when you feel woefully...
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What do you do when you were given something that you didn’t request and it’s seemingly killing you? How do you handle a major responsibility when you feel woefully unprepared? How would you feel knowing that the thing that you’ve dedicated your life to may only last 3 years at best? Would you feel secure in committing your life to a calling or field that has one of the highest suicide rates amongst all professions and vocations? Could you celebrate a “call” that has an 80% chance of negatively affecting your family? Would you enter into an area that will adversely affect your children and most likely separate you from them? Would you happily surrender your life in serving an aggregation that is indifferent about your commitment, ambivalent toward your well-being and unappreciative of your life’s mission and purpose? If any of the aforementioned questions caused a huge lump to develop in your throat, a pain in your stomach or you to shake your head, then welcome to a missive that presents “Scandal: The Real Preachers of Gospel Ministry”.

As a lad, I learned how clergy played a important role in civil rights, education, community development and social justice. Over the past 25-30 years, the upward mobility of African-Americans, technology, social media and more specialized needs have placed greater demands on leaders. The rise of more educated and critical demographics has forced clergy to shift in their paradigm. Sunday morning and Wednesday night Bible Studies are no longer sufficiently meeting the needs of parishioners. More is being required!

The “absenteeism” of fathers in many homes has also created quagmires for 21st century clergy. Many preachers are now ministering without proper mentoring–serving in isolation, anger and sometimes rebellion.

In other cases, the “Fathers and Mothers” of ministry were not properly “parented” themselves; therefore making it difficult to give what they’d never received.

This present generation is in an existential “tug of war”, being pulled back and forth by the dissonance of morality versus ethics. How are we to navigate? What is the response to same-sex marriage, HIV/AIDS, poverty, injustices, team-building, racism, gun control, environmental destruction, church irrelevance and the like? How will clergy tread the boisterous tidal waves of apathy, avoidance and antagonism toward faith?

The personal and professional challenges of ministry have been too difficult for some to overcome. Over the past year, 13 pastors have taken their lives and a myriad of others have been challenged by their own personal failings. While it’s very easy for many people to assail the character of those who’ve struggled and highlighted their “Scandals”, the question remains, is there help for the pastor, preacher and church leader?

Since 2006, God has been dealing with me about strengthening Pastors and Leaders. In order to address the kaleidoscope of issues within ecclesial contexts, God has allowed us to host annual meetings, monthly webinars and conference calls to empower, edify and equip leaders. On November 5-7, we will host an intimate, up close and personal and transformative meeting designed to address many of the things discussed in this opus. The ministry team and staff of The House of Hope Atlanta, Bishop Paul S. Morton and I are excited about serving you during this time!

Ministry is tough and has major crises, but this year at “Nailed” you’ll receive tools that will help stabilize and maximize your ministry!

See You Soon!

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Pastor of one of Atlanta’s Mega Churches

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This is the New Member’s Graduation Class on this past Sunday, October 26, 2014

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9 Comments on this post.
  • DC!!!
    28 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    Wow! Mr. Dewey Smith, is always in my book on point, and I just wish that all of the leaders would take a stand just like he is. Great article!!

  • bobbie
    28 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    Praise God for the likes of someone such as E.Dewey Smith. There is a problem in churchdom, and it needs addressing. And a lot of the problems are with all the scandals of the pastors & this is casting a negative light on the ‘good’ ones. There are so many negative remarks and lack of respect from the people @ large concerning pastoral indecency. I admire and respect Pastor Dewey Smith. These conferences to equip the leaders is much needed. Thank you.

  • Jordan Thompson-Elmore
    27 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    Levi,
    I felt compelled to write you! I am so very sorry for what you went through as a child no one should have to endure that sort of pain. I can only imagine the pain and anger you feel from that experience. It is the job of the churches leaders not to harm members in such a way but to be a strong Godly leader and example for the people of the church the shepherd. At 35 you may think that you are too old but you’re not my brother. I have talked to people in there 80’s who have come back into the fold. Sadly for every good true man of God leader of the church their are some bad ones as I am sure your experience has taught you that. It seems as though you are going through a spiritual tug of war it’s never to late God loves you, always has and always will. I will lift you up in prayer my brother seems as though Jesus is once again knocking at the door of your hear don’t be scared to let him in it will make a world of difference. Men like Dr. Smith and Bishop Morton are men that have greatly influenced me as I have gone through my own transformation and accepting his call. They represent what a man of God is supposed to me. As I said I will lift you up in prayer that you are freed from what you do not want to be anymore. If you would like to submit a prayer request feel free to contact my ministry; moderndaytruthministries.com or find us on Twitter, @ModernDayTruth.
    God Bless

  • Bishop Ralph
    27 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    My Brother you are keeping it real! You blessed me today. From a Pastor that loves God and his congregation but unhappy.

  • Pastor
    27 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    “Would you happily surrender your life in serving an aggregation that is indifferent about your commitment, ambivalent toward your well-being and unappreciative of your life’s mission and purpose?”
    As a Pastor this is what I live with week after week the feeling of being unappreciated by church and family after giving my all to be all things to all people. I wish I could get there from Toronto, Canada but I have a small church and they can’t afford to send me to something that could save my life.

  • Stephanie Lucas
    27 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    You mean we are not going to just keep tuning up the organs and faking like everything is ok in the church and the world is the one with all the issues. I hope this is streamed live.

  • Levi Evans
    27 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    I had not heard of Dewey Smith until I started seeing him on this site. I hate church because it’s where I got molested and no one would help me. I am a gay man today and I still get the hatred from the church so I am damned if I do and damned if I don’t but they did this to me. It is good to see you being bold enough to talk about what the Bishops refuse to deal with. I hope this helps save more men and women from being victims of their Leaders. I watch you now on stream on Sunday mornings. Pray for me because I don’t want to be this way but it’s who the church made me and I think at 35 I am too old to change my ways.

  • Dr. Mtumba Ogunebe
    27 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    God bless this Man of God! Please talk about this we are humans that have made a choice, but living out that choice gets hard to bear sometimes though I still love God.

  • sylvia
    27 October 2014 at 5:05 p10

    Thank you Jesus! This has refreshed my soul today to see someone else will admit that in Pastoring we give our lives and our families lives for the lives of others.

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