Late last week, Jay Gallimore, president of the Michigan Conference, released a document defending the process surrounding the aborted rebaptism of Samuel Pipim in early June. A prominent conservative and now-defrocked Michigan conference leader, Samuel Pipim has been increasingly linked to multiple predatory sexual encounters with women in the United States and Africa. In response to the continued questions of what Jay Gallimore knew and when, this four page document was reviewed and approved by the Michigan Executive Committee and released to conference ministers and office staff.
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I had a dream last night, a dream of General Conference Sessions past and future. I stood in the center of a stadium, packed with people, all captivated by the music and stagecraft in front of them. I looked around and felt a sadness that kept growing inside of me until it was overwhelming.
Some time ago I was sitting in what quite possibly was the most boring church service I have ever been in. (No, I won’t tell you where I was.) There couldn’t have been more than 50 people in the sanctuary, and I’m being generous. We sang no less than 5 hymns. All hymns were sung in a dry, slow manner. The sermon seemed uninspired, barely prepared, and was presented with no sense of conviction. It felt like we were in church for three hours. We were in church for about 70 minutes.