Issues with my pastor
Date: December 19, 2010
I serve in a small (80-90 average attendance) United Methodist church in Tennessee. Tonight after the evening service a group of ladies came up to the pastor and I and requested that someone sing the song "Mary Did You Know" at our Christmas Eve service. The pastor immediately jumps in saying that the song is "cheesy" and he doesn't see why anyone would want it. The ladies respectfully disagreed and asked again that it be sung, this time he told them that it was his church, his service, and his way and no it would not be sung and that they had no right to request that he do anything in a worship service. He later pulled me aside and chewed me out for not jumping to his defense. The man "supervises" all my choir rehearsals, insisted I cut my Christmas canata in half and replace the written narration with "mini-sermons" by him, and will not allow me any input as to the congregational hymns or the order of worship. I'm at my wit's end, what do I do?