To the FBC Wimberley Family,
As you may have heard at our in-person services or through social media, Pastor Scott Weatherford submitted his resignation to our church on Sunday, March 27th to be effective immediately. As a leadership team we are saddened by this decision and desire to be truthful about the process. We understand that you’ll have many questions and that this statement may not answer them all. Yet we would like to attempt to provide you with as much information as is appropriate in this difficult time.
The Advisory Leadership Team (ALT) has a fiduciary duty to oversee the church, to provide church direction and promote unity. The Advisory Leadership Team does not have the authority to hire or fire the Pastor. The ALT did not ask Pastor Scott to resign. There was, however, a serious disagreement regarding the strategic direction of the church specifically in regards to the continued effort to move resources and energy to the Building Lives Network in Costa Rica and Latin America. This movement was having a direct impact on the local church which needed to be addressed. The discussions that followed covered a period of many months. Representatives of the ALT had a meeting with Pastor Scott to continue the discussions and search for next steps in addressing concerns. It was during this meeting that he resigned. He was not asked to resign as the ALT does not have that authority.
The ALT has already met with the staff and has been and will continue supporting, encouraging and humbly walking alongside them. The ALT and staff are focused on bringing unity to the church. Psalm 133:1-3 reminds us that it is good and pleasant for God’s people to live in unity.
Unity is crucial to the church, and the key component of unity is humility.
So today we extend our hand to you to walk with us that we might become united with Christ such that Christ’s light might shine throughout the Wimberley Valley. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:1-3 “walk in a manner worthy of the calling in which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain unity in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit.”
Let us press forward, look ahead, turn the page and begin a new chapter. It is time that we break down the walls of separation between the Advisory Leadership Team, the staff, and the congregation. We will walk together, worshiping and serving together, and doing it with dignity and respect and out of love for each other. So, we ask each of you to help us as we seek to find unity in the church family and begin a new chapter for our church.
We wish Pastor Scott and Tara the best and will pray for God to guide and direct them as they move into the next phase of their life.
The Advisory Leadership Team