Charles and Andy Stanley open up to John Blake of CNN about their relationship and the split that led to the founding of North Point Community Church back in the 1990’s. The story appears in Andy Stanley’s new book Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend. Fair warning: The intro to the CNN story will hook you into reading this lengthy article. Here it is:
Andy Stanley walked into his pastor’s office, filled with dread.
The minister sat in a massive chair behind an enormous desk. He spread his arms across the desk as if he were bracing for battle. His secretary scurried out of the office when she saw Andy coming.
The pastor had baptized Andy when he was 6, and groomed him to be his successor. But a private trauma had gone public. And Andy felt compelled to speak.
The minister stared in silence as Andy gave him the news. The “unspoken dream” both men shared was over.
After Andy finished, the pastor looked at him as tears welled up.
“Andy,” he said, “you have joined my enemies, and I’m your father.”
Read the rest here.