I have a caution to people who are like me, and like the type of churches that I like: go slow in joining a coming church plant in Franklin, Tennessee called Redeeming Grace Church. The article says it plans to start services in October 2013.
I used to really like this denomination, Sovereign Grace Ministries, and if it had come to town a few years ago I would have been interested in joining.
I have not met the pastor, Dave Odom. I bet he’s a guy I’d really like. My concerns are not about him, but the denomination and it’s leaders.
I have no concerns about this church if they separate from Sovereign Grace Ministries.
Sovereign Grace Ministries(SGM) is calvinist, charismatic denomonitation that started in the 70’s/80’s in Maryland and has expanded to many suburban American cities.
They have deep problems right now that I suggest you wait out.
They have a pending class action lawsuit alleging a multi-state, multi-decade child-abuse ring that names the denomination and top leaders as defendents. I don’t know the truth of it, but I don’t think it’s frivolous.
Many member churches, including the largest ones, have left and are leaving the denomination over accusations of pride, arrogance and unChristian conduct among the leaders.
sgmsurvivors.com has many of the stories of the abused and how terrible the church leaders responded. sgmrefuge.com has some testimonies too.
Joshua Harris’s reasons for recommending SGM’s largest church leave the denomination last December
The full text of the amended lawsuit
I recommend no one join a Sovereign Grace church, at least not until some major repentance and healing happens. If you do join, get your questions answered before signing on the dotted line.