After receiving permission to forward his email, ML sent the following email along with a copy of Email #2 to BF and 12 other current and former staff members.
Date: Fri, Jul 3, 2009
Hey there everyone,
I emailed BF today (see 1st forwarded conversation) to check back with him and see if he wanted to get together to discuss an email I sent him in April that contained a list of some of the tensions and concerns that contributed to my decision to step out of my staff role and my leadership role at the church. I also asked him if it would be O.K. for me to forward that email on to you for the reasons listed below. He said, “yes” and also asked that I include his response, so I attached that as well the rest of the email conversation.
In B’s response to my email today he mentioned that he didn’t think I would be able to get together with him or the staff for a couple months, but I just wanted each of you to know that if you would like to meet with me to discuss any of this further, at any time, please email me and I would be more than willing to set something up. I appreciate you guys, your friendship over the years, and your faithful service to the Lord and his church. I hope these emails give you a better idea of some of the things the Lord’s been laying on my heart these last few months; and I hope that expanding the conversation like this will prove to be beneficial for all involved and our church as a whole.
I tried to send this to everyone who was on staff with me around last summer. If I forgot someone, please let me know and/or feel free to send this to them as well. Also, as far as it concerns anything I have written in these emails, you are free to share them with anyone you think it might be helpful to share them with.