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Greensboro pastors take ‘protestant’ to another level

News & Record religion reporter Nancy McLauglin posted a press by Pulpit Forum, an organization of African-American pastors in Greensboro, on Monday. It seems the Pulpit Forum held a demonstration outside of Shiloh Baptist Church on July 10. The church recently fired its pastor, the Rev. Willis Johnson. Johnson played a key role in organizing the Interactive Resource Center, a homeless day center that celebrates its six-month anniversary on Friday. Once an anchor of the civil rights movement, Shiloh Baptist Church has developed a track record of kicking pastors to the curb. The Rev. Gregory Headen, the current president of the Pulpit Forum, is himself a former pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. Headen took a group of parishioners with him, and established Genesis Baptist Church in the 1990s. The Pulpit Forum statement acknowledges the novelty of a group of pastors protesting outside of a church. “In times past, we have made our way to those places where there was a concern,” the statement reads. “When it was government, we gathered at Governmental Plaza. When it was K-Mart, we make our way to the Super K. We did this to call public attention to something that we felt was wrong. Today, it happens to be a church that has acted more than once in ways that we find unacceptable to the body of Christ.” The pastors said Johnson’s termination might have conformed with the strictures of contract law, “but it does not stand up under the light of eternity.” The statements continues, “Four times in the past 13 years, Shiloh has gotten rid of pastors after bringing them and their families here from other places and other fields of labor where they had been effective and accomplished great things. These are the kinds of pastors that Shiloh seeks and pretends to want, but when they have come, a few in the congregation want them to become little puppets, and when they

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