A Tennessee megachurch pastor says his church is “going nowhere” regardless of stories that his facility is dealing with foreclosures on its $4.5 million constructing.
In response to Chattanooga Times Free Press, a foreclosures discover and sale says Venue Church may very well be bought highest bidder by August twenty fourth.
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And whereas Pastor Tavner Smith, who oversees the church, admits to the foreclosing, he says the church goes to “keep right here and make it by means of”.
“You in all probability learn within the papers that the financial institution put a discover of foreclosures on our constructing, which is completely true,” he stated in a latest sermon.
“It’s a scary state of affairs when you find yourself navigating by means of issues like this and you already know that you’re not going by means of it alone, however you’re going by means of it with a bunch of individuals and it impacts plenty of individuals,” he continued. “And so after we came upon and noticed the discover, we had been, identical to you, we had been scared as nicely, however we additionally knew God’s not finished with us.”
Smith informed his church that he sought authorized counsel.
“They’ve assured me that I can arise right here and inform you that there are a number of choices that they’re offering for us to remain right here and make it by means of,” he defined.
Venue Church launched in 2012 and shortly grew to become one of many quickest rising church buildings in America seeing an attendance of practically 2,000 individuals over six providers. However membership shortly declined final yr after Smith admitted to an extramarital affair and sexual misconduct.
In response to churchleaders.com, Smith refused to resign however took a one-month sabbatical after the incident. He later returned to the pulpit asking his congregates to forgive him.
“I wanna say to you that I am sorry that I’ve put you thru any embarrassment, heartache, or confusion. I’ve wounded individuals and I’ve brought on devastation that I do know I can by no means take again. And as your chief and pastor I come to you to publicly acknowledge my errors and actually ask forgiveness,” he informed the church.
Since then, eight staffers have stop, one church campus has closed, and attendance on the different campus has remained low.
Smith and his now ex-wife Danielle had been additionally divorced because of this. The couple had three youngsters collectively.
Regardless of the declines and the potential lack of the church’s constructing, Smith goals to proceed as pastor, saying, “The church shouldn’t be a constructing, by no means was a constructing, and can by no means be a constructing.”
CBN Information has reached out to Venue Church for remark, however on the time of publication, the church had not responded.