UPDATE 4/18/2012: Pastor Joel Peeples was fired from jericho (video)
I posted last week that a Judge ruled that pastor Joel Peeples had no financial control over the Mega Church, Jericho City of Praise Finances. Now it appears that the Board is trying to take control over the Church by alledgedly locking out the Pastor this week. This situation has many members really upset and calling for the resignations of board members
While the Board is denying locking out Asst. Pastor Joel Peeples, stating they had some problems with theft of video equipment and had to change the locks, the audio/visual manager said he is unaware of any theft and many members believe that the Board is trying to push Pastor Joel Peeples out of the church his mother, Betty Peeples, served as shepherd for years.
Now after watching that video, it is clear to me that all is definitely not well in the City of Praise. This does pose a good question though, should nepotism play a part in a determining a Pastor’s successor? Meaning, should a Pastor’s son or daughter automatically be expected to assume the leadership role as pastor when their parent decides to retire or transitions?
In the City of Jericho’s case however, it appears that Pastor Betty Peeples did in fact want the Board to have control over the church’s future and not her son. The Afro Newspaper is reporting:
The two sides made an attempt at mediation, but that effort failed exposing Peebles to rumors about his mother’s confidence (or lack thereof) in his ability to lead, as well as questions about his personal finances after foreclosure proceedings began on a property he owned in Baltimore.
Peebles contended the church rightfully belonged to him, but his mother left the church’s finances to the board of trustees in a secret will.
The AFRO has obtained a copy of that will in which Betty Peebles outlined the steps her son needed to take to receive any portion of his trust.
“Joel must place himself under the spiritual tutelage of the Pastor of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center, currently Dr. Michael A. Freeman, at the sanctuary location determined by the Pastor, for not less than one year or more than two years as determined by the Pastor (which may be extended if additional time is required to pursue a doctorial divinity degree.”
My take on this article is: Joel, your Mama said ” you are not ready” to you from her grave and gives you clear instructions on what to do to prepare yourself to lead the people of Jericho. You are not entitled to be the Pastor of Jericho City Cause your daddy and Mama were pastors of Jericho City of Praise. Humble yourself, get your education and then seek to lead the people in the Jericho City of Praise.
This story does pose a good question though, should nepotism play a part in a determining a Pastor’s successor? Meaning, should a Pastor’s son or daughter automatically be expected to assume the leadership role as pastor when their parent decides to retire or transitions?
I would love to know your take on this situation post your comments.