Codependancy on Church: There is Hope

This week a friend (Claire Debnam) sent me this moving video story of the rise, fall, and rise again of Carl Tuttle.

Tuttle was rescued from a disastrous life trajectory by the group that became the Vineyard. As a gifted worship leader and pastor, he eventually succeeded John Wimber as Senior Pastor of the (flagship) Anaheim Vineyard in 1994. Three years later he resigned, his personal life in tatters. After years in the wilderness he is back, but not to the kind of leadership model he left behind.

All over the world I see, and hear of, leaders who are hurt, burnt out and running on empty. Carl’s story gets to the heart of the problem.

I’m sure many will watch this story, be grateful that there is hope for those who crash and burn—perhaps send it on to “that person who really needs to see this”— but quickly get back to business as usual.

The story has stayed with me this past week. It is about more than one man’s redemption from an all-too-familiar tragedy. In several ways it gets to the heart of the brokenness in the Western Church (esp. the “third wave” charismatic movement). It’s a story about:

the folly of a focus on event over process.

the folly of placing identity in role and position over authenticity and relationship.

the folly of a dualism that says “Church” is where all the action is.

But most importantly of all, it is a story about the good news that He is always looking to break through just to get to us—as individuals—with his love for His humanity.

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