Church Overseers: Haggard's E-Mail 'Inappropriate'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Overseers of New Life Church say an e-mail founder Ted Haggard sent asking for money was "inappropriate."

The overseers have been watching over Haggard's so-called "restoration" since he was fired as pastor of the Colorado Springs church last year after admitting to "sexual immorality."

Last week Haggard sent an e-mail to a Colorado Springs TV station saying he planned to counsel at a faith-based Phoenix halfway house. Haggard also sought financial support.

Church overseers said they told Haggard his plan was "unacceptable." They say Haggard won't be doing any ministry and will seek secular employment instead.

Haggard says he's barred from commenting on the overseers' statement.


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  • by Disconcerted Location: Colorado on Sep 5, 2007 at 11:07 AM
    The New-Life Church is as guilty as T. Haggard.They say they condemn his actions,yet they give him a rather large severance package.Where does the church stand on issues like this?The church officials say one thing,they issue a series of statements but their actions indicate something entirely different then what they say.People should consider not only Ted Haggards character and his true intentions but they should scrutinize the church that supported him as well.Any institutions that provides a forum for a con-man should be held in the same regard as the con-man.This brings to mind the church that was recently constructed near the Academy and Union intersection;I recall many people protesting the construction of that church.They didn't want another piece of Palmer Park taken to build something, in this case, another church.Now this same church is packed on a regular basis.I wonder if any of the attendants were pervious picketers of the churches construction.Is this another indication of peoples inability to hold true to their convictions? What could the preacher/pastor of the protested church feel as he drove by and saw people protesting his future church?Why did he/she insist on its construction. A bigger bottom line,he/she wanted a slice of easy money that people in this city give too freely to the church.In most case the big business called the church
  • by no name Location: cs on Sep 3, 2007 at 08:09 PM
    Thank You, Disconcerted! This is absolutely insane. This man deserved no money after the church kicked him out. I don't see all the rest of us getting fired for doing something the employer deems unspeakable and getting paid a years salary . Pathetic. He's a joke, he has been since day one, he doesn't deserve our attention or anyone elses money.
  • by Kristy Location: Pueblo on Aug 30, 2007 at 03:18 PM
    Haggard's email was inappropriate. Wow, you think? I'm glad to see anyone involved with running New Life Church using some common sense. Hearing that Haggard was asking for money after drawing an astronomical salary (and getting a nice severance package most families could live on for quite a while) astounded me, and not in a good way. I am glad the church does not feel he is in a position to counsel anyone, and to say I agree would be an understatement. I hope the church will continue to show this kind of responsibility and work to overcome the damage to their reputation in the wake of Haggard's actions.
  • by Disconcerted Location: Colorado on Aug 30, 2007 at 01:07 PM
    This Haggard guy is a joke. There is a liquor store/church/tattoo parlor on every street corner in this city...we can use a lot less of all three.Haggard like many, many political figures in this country speak out of bolth sides of their mouths.Falwell used to ask for money all the time, counseling families in financial trouble to pay their tithes first and everything will be just fine and people loved him.Does 'God' really need your money? Or is it self-centric, greedy manipulators that want it? Haggard is still asking for handouts and the sheep-like followers think they will clean their conscience, or maybe acquire some feeling of empowerment from giving him money. People don't think for themselves, they seem lazy and incapable of critical analysis.These people capitalize on that and weak-minded people line up.
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