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Posted on 12/11/2013 3:48:01 PM PST by robowombat
Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide
By Heather Sells CBN News Reporter Wednesday, December 11, 2013
News reports indicate that Florida megachurch founder Isaac Hunter has taken his life.
Altamonte Springs police discovered Hunter's body Tuesday morning in his home, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
Hunter, 36, founded Orlando's Summit Church. The non-denominational church eventually grew to five locations. He resigned from his role as lead pastor last year, after admitting to an affair.
Hunter is the son of Joel Hunter, another megachurch pastor in Florida and spiritual advisor to the president.
His death marks the second time this year that a prominent pastor's son has committed suicide. In April, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren's son took his life.
CBN News spoke with Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, in May about mental health awareness in the church.
Page recently wrote a book Melissa about his experience with his daughter's suicide and the need for the church to help those who battle with mental health issues.
"There are legitimate, serious issues that people struggle with, and the church needs to be the place where we say, 'We understand,' Page said.
More than 36,000 people commit suicide each year in the United States
Let’s wait until the audit is finished....
Is Joel's church non-denominational like his son's?
Are these Unitarian sects or "non-denomination Christian"?
Mega churches? I’m guessing non-denom Christian .
So his father is a “spiritual advisor to the president”. Does he take after his father? Because I know what type of people our Dear Leader chooses as spiritual advisors. That might explain something.
In Church, I completely love Advent and Christmas. Out side of Church I hate them both — they are pain, sorrow, sleeplessness, tortured memories, and all that.
All I can think of is to pray for the consolation and soothing of those who loved this person and that God will have mercy on him.
Lord, let this not be our adversary’s victory!
Yes, they are also non-denominational
Adultery is a sin and can be seen as an organic act that may be overlooked or "lived with".
(they don't call Him that for nuthin' .. )
God's Commandment would be something a man who wasn't born again, or never understood God's forgiveness might be more than he'd want to bear in this life.
sad ... and un-necesarry.
“We understand” is not to be confused with “You are normal and society is sick”
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YBPDLN? I think I need the Mandela funeral sign language guy to help me out on this.
What is YBPDLN?
Your Best Purpose Driven Life Now.
What does YD... stand for?
Okay, I see. Now what does it mean? Is it a parody of Osteen or something?
So presumably the church is Methodist-influenced simply because Hunter was a former United Methodist pastor (he is also the brother-in-law of Mark Beeson, senior pastor of the third-largest UMC in the country).
They’re mocking megachurch pastors. Your Best Life Now is the name of a book by Joel Osteen; the Purpose Driven Life is a book by Rick Warren.
Pastor Isaac Hunter of Summit Church resigns amid adultery scandal
November 29, 2012|By Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
Isaac Hunter, the popular lead pastor at Summit Church in Orlando and the son of presidential spiritual advisor Joel Hunter, has resigned after admitting to an affair with a former church staffer.
The church, one of the fastest-growing in Central Florida, made the announcement on its blog Wednesday after mailing a letter to parishioners stating that Isaac Hunter’s “moral failing has made it impossible for him to continue in ministry.”
Isaac Hunter, 35, is a married father of three. He could not be reached for comment.
He founded Summit in 2002 with friends from his youth-ministry days in his father’s Longwood megachurch, Northland, A Church Distributed. Three-hundred people attended Summit’s first service, and it quickly outgrew its first home. It now has five locations and nearly 5,000 worshippers.
Many in both the church and community reacted with sadness to the news.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Scott George, senior pastor at Pine Castle United Methodist Church and co-founder of the Community Food & Outreach Center in Orlando, one of many local nonprofit organizations where Summit members often volunteer. “He is a very gifted leader, a tremendous motivator. From the moment I heard about this, I’ve been in prayer for the entire church, the family, the community. The ripple effect of something like this is devastating.”
Isaac’s father, Joel Hunter, is a widely known evangelical pastor who became part of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He did not respond to calls seeking his comments.
In the letter to Summit members, newly appointed lead pastor John Parker said Isaac Hunter had offered his resignation Monday and that it had been accepted. Parker urged church members to avoid gossip “as much as humanly possible” and said the church “is bigger than any one of us.”
satan often attacks pastors through their children
OMG!! TWO Baptist preacher;s sons commit SUICIDE?? That seems VERY SUSPICIOUS!!
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