If Torgersen hadn't bailed him out, he'd have been run out of town. I believe Weaver has been an excellent executive of our program, but the other outcome would have been fatal for him.
A great church administration and leadership book I read had a chapter titled "Culture." It warned new pastors to spend time learning the culture and who is in actual leadership positions before trying to change what may seem like innocuous details and traditions. In the smallest churches, there is a patriarch or matriarch who may not be on the board or be a committee chair. But they run the church. Weaver obviously never read such a book. Of course, it goes without saying that many pastors either never did or ignore the advice.
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