The megachurch where author and pastor, Josh Harris, pastored for more than a decade today sent an email to its members in response to Harris’ recent announcement that he’s no longer a Christian.
Harris served as senior pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, from 2004 to 2015. And in a letter to the Covenant Church family, Interim Senior Pastor Kevin Rogers wrote about Harris’ announcement: “These updates are hard to hear. We love Josh and Shannon. For most of us, Josh isn’t just some distant public figure. He’s a beloved former pastor and friend. So this news isn’t just a lot to process theoretically. It hits home personally.”
Rogers noted that in 1 Timothy, the apostle Paul “mentions former Christian leaders ‘swerving from,’ ‘wandering from,’ or ‘making a shipwreck’ of their faith.” And he said that though abandoning faith is “sad and confusing, it isn’t new.” Rogers urged congregants to pray for Harris’ “redemption and restoration.”
“Several times Paul mentions former Christian leaders ‘swerving from,’ ‘wandering from,’ or ‘making shipwreck’ of their faith. So while this is sad and confusing, it isn’t new.”
In a postscript, the church encouraged those especially wrestling with how to process the new from Harris to view a video from author and retired pastor, John Piper.
Here’s the full letter from Covenant Life Church:CLC Letter About Harris_Final
Here’s the video from John Piper linked in the letter: