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Dear Dr. Chetti,
I understand that you are coming to VPC to work with the English and Spanish speaking groups to help us become a united church. This brought to mind something that has bothered not only me, but others for a long time -- almost 10 years. Therefore, I thought it pertinent to ask you about it at this time. First, I would like to apologize for it taking so long to inquire about this, but we did not know what to do at that time.
Hopefully, you recall that VPC requested your help back in 2006-2007 to help us get back on track as a church, become united and deal with issues regarding the Pastor. This was a long two-year effort (from VP’s initial meeting with you through to the day you left us in what we considered the middle of this effort.) Your sudden departure without any explanation is one of the reasons for this letter. We never understood what happened and why a two-year effort ended in this manner, leaving us in shock, feeling confused and abandoned.
This is so significant because of the amount of time and effort put in by many. As you may recall there were many steps outlined to be successful in this effort of resolving the aforementioned issues. This included things like the kickoff meeting, rallies, church brainstorming sessions, church surveys, goal setting and prioritization, implementation of plans, evaluation of and counseling for the Pastor and his wife, along with your coaching and follow up meetings with you to check our progress.
As I recall, members of the TEAM, did our best for two years to follow and implement your suggested guidelines, making, we thought, significant progress (many people putting in numerous volunteer hours per week over and above their regular jobs.) I also recall quite the opposite behavior from the Pastor. In fact, he was a major obstacle and did not cooperate in implementing these changes and regardless of being urged and reminded never did complete his psychological counseling, as he said it was unnecessary.
In the middle of making progress, you called a meeting of about 10 core people to provide what we assumed was going to be a “next stage” update. Instead, you gave us a nebulous exit talk. You can imagine our surprise as we all knew we were nowhere near where we needed to be with so many goals unmet and issues unresolved. We knew if you weren’t there to spur the Pastor on, nothing would be done on his part and that everything that had been done would fall apart or be disregarded, which is what happened. Many were discouraged after your meeting and I understand it contributed to some leaving the church. We always wondered, did someone inform you that you were no longer needed or that we could manage on our own or were there other pressing matters you had to attend to? If possible, an explanation would be appreciated.
Now that the Spanish are facing similar problems and you have been called in to counsel, I hope revisiting our past experience will aid you as you make plans on dealing with our current situation. Should you be interested in any supporting documentation of our efforts, we are happy to make it available. This is another reason for sending this letter.
Dr Chetti, I am praying that you will be successful in your efforts to help VPC become a united body.
Sincerely, Karen Walker