Through much prayer, the New River Board of Directors, and the Lead Team Pastors, unanimously accepted the resignation of Scott Crenshaw as Senior Pastor of New River and Renee Crenshaw as the Women’s Pastor. During this season, the Father helped all parties understand areas of spiritual healing that need to be addressed in both Scott and New River. However, the restoration process is not the same for the Crenshaws as it is for New River. We honor the Crenshaws for what they have done during their time with us. The Lord has used their gifts in a mighty way and we are blessed for it. Please continue to pray for them and continue to pray for what the Lord has for our next chapter.
What is meant by "spiritual healing"?
God’s desire for all of us is to be healthy. It’s how He created us to be. He wants us to be healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. God has expressed His expectations for spiritual health through the scriptures. When God leads us to understand areas of our life that are not healthy, in love He prescribes the treatments that will bring us back to spiritual health. Submitting ourselves to God’s prescribed treatments for spiritual health is “spiritual healing.”
What "areas" need spiritual healing in New River?
At New River, we desire more health in the areas of church governance, accountability and responsibility. We consider them “areas of spiritual healing” because they directly impact church health; therefore, we will follow God’s prescription.
When did Scott & Renee resign?
March 20, 2017
Did Scott and Renee choose to resign?
Yes. Scott and Renee have been at New River for more than eight years. Their personal freedom journeys launched here, and their love and pastoral care for us runs deep. They want what is best for the long-term health of New River, which is why they chose to resign. As stated above, the Board of Directors and Lead Team pastors are in agreement and have accepted Scott and Renee’s resignation.
What do you mean by "restoration process"?
Jesus died on the cross to bring us to God. When we believe in Him, we are promised that we will never perish but we will have everlasting life (permanent relationship). Though our relationship with God can never be broken, our fellowship with God can be impacted through our daily choices--to live according to His will or to live according to our own desires. When we choose according to our own desires, fellowship is broken. Restoration is God’s process of bringing us back into full fellowship with Himself. This spiritual restoration is what we have always been seeking for Pastor Scott. Some confusion has come in this journey because people have confused “spiritual restoration” with restoring Pastor Scott to the seat of Senior Pastor. The New River Board of Directors clearly communicated the difference last November, and have declared from the beginning that the decision to bring back Pastor Scott as Senior Pastor was only known by God and that we would wait for Him to reveal His will. The Board and Lead Team have heard from God, and we now declare this to you.
How is the board members' relationship with Scott?
Each of the board members has an individual relationship with Scott, built on a unique history. The past months have been incredibly hard, but at the same time, have deepened how well we know each other and Scott. We love him, and we want everything God wants for him.
What is next for New River?
New River has always been a place where we make it as easy as possible for people to worship the Lord, grow in godly living, and serve others both in the house and around the world. These things will not and must not change. The “first sentences” in this next chapter for New River will include interim leadership from the pulpit and adjusting ourselves to the new norms of changing attendance and financial giving. Your New River Pastors and Staff will work hard to provide dynamic worship and other opportunities that will help you and your family to know and grow in the Lord, and to make Him known in our community and around the world. We hope your role in these early days of the next chapter will be to attend, to serve, to give, to invite and to connect with God better than you ever have! As our interim days move to the exciting days of finding and following the God ordained leadership of a new Senior Pastor, the rest of this new chapter in the life of New River will not only be clearly seen but also dynamically experienced. God will be faithful to do His part, and we must be faithful to follow Him in doing ours.
Who will be preaching on Sundays?
Lynn Bullock will preach leading up to Easter, and campus pastors will lead our Easter Sunday services at each campus in a special and meaningful Easter Worship experience. Beyond that, the Board and Lead Team are developing an interim preaching plan. Their focus is to return stability to the Sunday preaching experience.
What is the plan for finding our next Senior Pastor?
Once the interim preaching plan is in place, this is the next priority. Finding a Senior Pastor is a big endeavor, requiring much prayerful seeking, thoughtfulness and time. Throughout the process, we will seek the prayers and input of our New River family. We will provide meaningful updates to our church family more frequently than we have been able to do throughout the process so far.
How can I reconcile the good things I received from Scott with this decision?
Each of us should be thankful to God for the wonderful ministry God did in us and through us during the time Scott served as our Senior Pastor. Scott led many to Christ and he helped many to grow in Christ. Scott always preached the truth that salvation is found in Christ… so live in Christ! Scott always preached that freedom is found in Christ… so live in Christ! As we have sung many times, “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.” The greatest way you can honor the Lord and Pastor Scott is to live in Christ and allow God to be all He created you to be!
If New River is supposed to be a place of freedom and forgiveness, why can’t that forgiveness be extended to Scott?
It has. The Board Members, Lead Team and others have followed Matthew 18 principles and have come to full forgiveness over any offenses caused before or during this process directly with Scott and Renee. There has been forgiveness requested, offered, and accepted on both sides. We believe we have followed God’s direction in all of this, and He has blessed us with unanimity of decision and clarity of our responsibilities to the congregation and to our friends, the Crenshaws.
Who can I speak with about this?
We strive for truth and transparency. We understand in a situation like this, there will be much misinformation out there. We encourage you to spend time alone with God, and let him give you discernment about things that aren't true, and wisdom and peace about things that are true. If you need more information so your heart can be at peace, then you can contact your campus pastors.
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