Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Was reading the Channel 2 News story transcript and stopped on this:
Former church member Albert Mitchell decided to leave the church, discouraged by the fact there was no accountability. He saidhe didn’t think it was scripturally right for there to be one man running the church.”
Mitchell also disagrees with Foster on who started this church. On Foster’s website, he states his wife and he came to Nashville to begin Bellevue. Mitchell said the church was started more than a year before Foster came to Nashville. “The church was established April 24, 1988 and David came in the fall of 1989,” he said.

That's the first I've ever heard of that. Does anyone know anything about this conflicting church history?

Also from the story: "Foster, however, clearly has thousands of church members on his side. They will call for a vote on Sunday on whether Foster will be allowed back in the pulpit."

First, I'm unclear as to how they "clearly" know thousands are on his Foster's side. I mean, it wouldn't surprise me. But how do they know? Judging by my attendance at the first rally, the photos of the subsequent rallies, and the representative pro-Foster comments in the forums, saying even one thousand people are "clearly" on his side is a stretch. It's possible, maybe even probable; but it's not evident, and the "clearly" is hyperbole even by journalistic standards.

Secondly, I really am afraid of what will happen should people call for a vote on Sunday. At this point, I do not think the church is willing to hold a vote. If folks interrupt the proceedings to demand a vote, and the motion is denied (as if we run by Robert's Rules anyway), I expect verbal chaos. In the weekend service. With visitors present.

A vote is a bad idea.


At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are literally dozens and probably more than a hundred people like Albert. To qualify that, Albert was one of the first elders and he represents a silent group of mature believers that contributed so much along the way and eventually left in frustration. I'm talking about people who knew and were known within the throughout BCC family. Former elders, ministry leaders, key volunteers.

As for the early history, BCC started as a home fellowship and was under the SBC for the approx. the first year of David's joining. In many regards his "vision" joined and eventually ate that small group of believers.

Grant it production wasn't king in the beginning and the message was far more Gospel in measure to David's personality.

As for a vote. How will that look ? I would assume that the best way for David's followers to present thier side would be the petition that was being signed at the Park. I would suspect that there are thousands who will support David and ignore the Elders.

I hope and pray that David comes to his senses before that time and either starts his own personal Church or spends a lot of time in prayer and seeking.

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Albert & his wife were one of the original nine couples that broke away from Park Ave. Baptist to start what became BCC. They had another Pastor for about a year that pointed them towards David to help them reach their desired goal. I understand that when they brought David here they also guaranteed his then current salary for a year. Still risky, but not quite the risk we're all led to believe.

At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This seems to be accurate. He even had a scrapbook documenting his claims.

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, this was the origianl story, but then later changed to Dave's story. Sounds more like Hollywood to have written the idea on a napkin and all...Maybe another book.


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