Vaughn Forest Church, new lead pastor decide not to move forward

March 14, 2019

By Jennifer Davis Rash

The Alabama Baptist

Pastor Rob Singleton said he enjoyed dreaming with leaders of Vaughn Forest Church, Montgomery, during the past several months but has decided not to accept the position offered to him as lead pastor. The church’s governance board announced March 14 it is in agreement with the decision.

What would have been a move to form a network of churches, starting with the nondenominational church in Colorado where Singleton serves as pastor, also is negated with this decision. Singleton and the new network were both affirmed March 10 by the congregation. To read the full story, click here.

“This decision is mutual between our leadership and Rob,” a letter to the congregation from the church’s governance board says. The decision was made during an evening meeting March 13.

Singleton told The Alabama Baptist he has “thoroughly enjoyed meeting the wonderful people of Vaughn Forest and seeing their faith to do great, big things for God.”

He said he initiated a conversation with several of the church leaders the morning of March 13 to share with them he didn’t feel the church was ready for a national vision. “I shared with them that perhaps sometime in the future we could revisit it, but after all the discussions and meetings on Monday and Tuesday and spending some time in prayer with Michelle, we didn’t feel they were ready.”

The letter to the congregation from the governance board reads, “Through the process of affirmation and in the subsequent days, many questions regarding the vision and future of Vaughn Forest Church arose. We want you to know that we hear and understand your questions and concerns regarding this path for our church.

“We, the Governance Board, fully acknowledge that our communication to the congregation regarding the lead up to the affirmation Sunday, information about Rob, and the affirmation vote itself were all not done as they should have been.

“The Governance Board takes full responsibility for this and we as a leadership team profusely apologize for these oversights.”

The board also wrote, “Just because Rob isn’t our next Lead Pastor doesn’t mean that God took us, and Rob as well, down this path for no reason. God always has a plan and we will trust in it.

“So where do we go from here? In accordance with our bylaws, we will continue the pastor search process. This search will be for a leader that will guide us and take us all together into the incredible future that God has for Vaughn Forest Church.

“Also in accordance with our bylaws, the Governance Board has asked one of our own, Jeff McFarland, to be our pulpit supply for the next few weeks. Many of you know Jeff and his incredible heart. We feel that he is the right individual to preach and will bring consistent, great teaching on the weekends.”

As far as Singleton and Summit Church, he said they will move forward with their original plans of planting a second campus in Colorado. The Centennial campus “is a healthy vibrant church and is in good shape financially,” Singleton said, and is ready to develop a network of churches.