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Chan Answers Questions About Leaving

The Christian Post tells us that former megachurch pastor Francis Chan sat down with Gospel Coalition representatives and fellow pastors Mark Driscoll and Josh Harris to answer some hard questions about his recent decision to leave his post at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif. Driscoll shot at Chan first, saying he was “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” for leaving such a good situation at Cornerstone. Chan answered that his decision was largely a personal one, adding that “he wanted to start over and get a core group of disciples who just try 100 percent to follow the life he felt was clearly spelled out in Scripture.” Driscoll and Harris asked if this was the beginning of a start-and-leave habit for Chan, who responded that he was answering a nudge from God he’d felt since high school, and even if it was a dream, he “had to go for it.” He also said his leaving was better for the church, as his popularity was affecting the church’s ability to engage in truly humble ministry for Christ.

Editor’s Note: What do you think? Is Pastor Francis Chan making a good decision to leave Cornerstone? Why or why not? How would a leader know it was time to move on from a ministry?

(Read more on The Gospel Coalition blog.)

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