Tonight, March 28, the Southern California Conference Personnel Committee meets, and one of the items on their agenda is a consideration of the future of Hollywood Church Senior Pastor Ryan Bell.
Earlier this week, Bell posted on his Facebook account that he would be leaving the Hollywood Church as of April 1, making this week his last Sabbath at the church. His comments gave the impression that he was being forced out of his position, prompting surprise and disappointment among his friends around the country.
Members of the Hollywood Church were also impacted by the announcement. Letters and conversations to and with SCC President Larry Caviness ensued.
When asked for background on the action, SCC Communication Director Betty Cooney said that all the conference could say at this time is that the Personnel Committee is meeting tonight.
Under Bell’s leadership, the Hollywood congregation has attracted a young and diverse membership, thriving in its urban setting. Thus, the pastor, the church and the conference all have a lot riding on this meeting.
Read Bell’s open letter on his blog here.