Here is an article I came across:
Gay Methodist Minister Forced to Resign
Senior Pastor Benjamin Hutchison was forced to resign – or be fired – from the United Methodist Church in Cassopolis, Michigan after the District Bishop asked him if he had a same-sex partner. Hutchinson’s parishioners were well aware that he is gay and in a committed same-sex relationship. They are also aware that he quadrupled his church’s membership and took it from being in t…he red to being in the black. No small feat in a time when many churches are losing members and going bankrupt.
“I’ve never been shy about it, and I won’t hide from it. Monty Hutchison is my life partner and that’s who he is to me. I consider him my partner, Lord willing, someday to be my husband.”
Fortunately for the couple, that day will be soon, albeit sooner than they had expected. After being forced to resign, Hutchinson and his partner are getting married.
After reading the article and reading especially the comments of the congregation, it is clear at least in this case that the higher hierarchy behind the church organization were out of touch with the congregation and put their own principles or sensibilities and preferences or biases ahead of the church’s needs, desires, or preferences. The man brought people to Christ and saved a church from bankruptcy! Being gay had nothing to do with how successful he was as a pastor– it is a part of who he is, but there was nothing about being gay that was stopping him from being an effective minister or helping a church to grow.
I suspect many churches will take notice of this story and many Christians will take note of his successes and give him a church home. I suspect that the church organizations leading many of our denominations will have to re-evaluate their biases and prejudices. If organized religion is going to survive, it is going to have to be more open and welcoming.