This evening, at the Rolling Meadows Saturday night service, an Elder by the name of Dan George rose to speak to those in attendance. Speaking nervously, he stated that James MacDonald would be stepping back from all leadership activity, which is nothing new by way of admission. However, during his “sabbatical,” George now assured the congregation that MacDonald would not be preaching at any campus (presumably including the Naples campus) during this time. George also said that there would be a restructuring of elders and leadership, citing several several failings which included: the lawsuit and the ongoing situation in Naples.
This is an astonishing admission from an Elder Board that theoretically gave MacDonald the right to publicly defend the lawsuit in a national magazine. It is an astonishing admission from an Elder that just three days ago put James MacDonald on an ill-defined “indefinite sabbatical,” then fired Pastor John Seacrest, the founding pastor, for questioning the validity of the decision to allow MacDonald to preach in Florida; and suffered through the public humiliation of a local radio celebrity calling upon their pastor to “man up” and return back to Chicago to “talk to” his congregation.
It will be interesting to see if MacDonald and Harvest are now willing to grant Pastor Jon Seacrest the right to pastor his own congregation, separate and apart from any involvement or connection with Harvest Bible Chapel.