Sunday was the first day of services at a Harvest Bible Chapel branch church in Chicago since the firing of a senior pastor.
As church officials work to plan next steps for the church which is millions in debt and grappling with several abuse accusations, security staffed the doors Sunday of the church at the River North neighborhood church.
“At the end of the day, it’s God’s word that is what leads our lives and that’s what we’re going to stick to,” said church member Benjamin Delosmonteros.
Senior Pastor James MacDonald was fired Tuesday by church elders after several months of public revelations, including a pattern of abusive behavior towards subordinates and extensive financial mismanagement.
Church officials said they are $42 million in debt.
“It’s hard to hear but we have a forgiving God and so we have all to forgive,” said church member Steve Pettis.
During the morning service, church officials addressed MacDonald’s dismissal.
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SOURCE: ABC7 Chicago, Cate Cauguiran