Haggard’s church is growing

Timothy Kincaid

July 13th, 2010

At one time Ted Haggard ran the largest church in Colorado. Then came revelations about sex sessions with a male escort and methamphetamine usage and it all went away. New Hope, the church he created, promptly booted Haggard out the door.

Well that was in 2006 and his non-compete agreement with New Life is expired. So Ted Haggard is back in Colorado Springs and has started over with St. James Church. He’s now adopted a more inclusive and friendly approach, one that does not engage in anti-gay rhetoric or activism.

And it seems to be working. (Denver Post)

Pastor Ted Haggard is moving his burgeoning new St. James Church out of his Old Ranch Road barn in Colorado Springs to the city’s Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts beginning July 25.

St. James, marking its sixth week of existence as a church last Sunday, drew 230 congregants to Haggard’s barn. Haggard said he expects the church, at first, will require one of the smaller rooms at Pikes Peak for weekly 10 a.m. services.

The center’s main auditorium holds more than 2,000, and Haggard hopes to be able to fill it soon. The Board of New Life must be pooping cinder-blocks.

Eddie89

July 13th, 2010

As long as they can claim tax exempt status, religion will always be a burgeoning industry!

Like P.T. Barnum used to say “There’s a sucker born every minute!”

Ben

July 13th, 2010

Tim – I think you meant “The Board of New Hope” to be “The Board of New Life.” :)

Glenn

July 13th, 2010

Are there any church-state separation, tax, or non-discrimination issues arising from their use of a city building for religious services?

Richard W. Fitch

July 13th, 2010

Glenn – You’ll find this to be a common practice in many metro areas. As long as the church group pays the standard fees for the use of the facilities, it is not an issue. By comparison, the use of taxpayer-owned facilities in Philadephia used by BSA after the judgement of discrimination could no longer ride for $1/yr.

Timothy Kincaid

July 14th, 2010

Ben,

You’re right. I’ve revised it.

Ray

July 14th, 2010

Let’s call this:

CHURCH WARS

Starring: Ted Skywalker

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