Others, including Howerton, agreed.
“Thanks, y’all. That’s kind. And I do think these are beautiful stories, and hardly the only ones,” Cosper responded. “I think what’s difficult, though, is that these anecdotes can emerge from leaders and systems that *also* lack checks, balances, and accountability.”
Howerton Follows Up
After receiving such a great number of responses, Howerton posted a follow up thread with some takeaways from the conversation.
“The vast majority of [people] don’t only want bad church news. [Christians] are dying to be encouraged,” Howerton said. “Some seem angry, but are in reality deeply hurting under the anger.”
“Many pastors are demoralized after what’s felt like an onslaught of ‘pastors = bad’ vibe,” Howerton further expressed, concluding that he no longer believes that “there’s only a market for bad news” when it comes to Christian churches.