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Pastor Resigns Over Mental Illness Liability

Pastor Greg Atkinson told his beloved church family last Sunday that he would need to resign as their campus pastor because he suffers from a mood disorder that makes him a liability on the church insurance policy. Atkinson stood in front of his congregation, hands shaking, and read a statement he’d written explaining the situation.

“As things would have it, the church’s insurance company just recently found out about my mood disorder and classifies me as a liability,” explained Atkinson. “Pastor John and Forest Park were put in a very difficult situation by the insurance company of losing their liability insurance as a church (which would open them up to law suits for all their staff and pastors) or releasing me. I am stepping down as Campus Pastor so that the church doesn’t lose their liability insurance.”

Atkinson had been very open about the disorder on his blog and on Facebook and said the disorder is well-controlled by medication. He thanked his supporters including Ed Stetzer and Rick Warren. Read Atkinson’s message to his congregation here.

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