Ted Haggard
Ted Arthur Haggard is an American
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. Known as Pastor Ted to the congregation he served, he was the founder and former pastor
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 of the New Life Church
New Life Church (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
New Life Church is a non-denominational charismatic Evangelical Christian megachurch located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. New Life Church has more than 10,000 members and is pastored by Brady Boyd.-History:...

 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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; a founder of the Association of Life-Giving Churches
Association of Life-Giving Churches
The Association of Life-Giving Churches is an association of U.S. churches organized by the New Life Church founded by Ted Haggard. It is listed as a denomination by the U.S. National Association of Evangelicals As of 2006, Harper's Magazine reported that it comprised some 300 congregations. -...

; and was leader of the National Association of Evangelicals
National Association of Evangelicals
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 (NAE) from 2003 until November 2006.

In November 2006, escort and masseur Mike Jones
Mike Jones (personal trainer)
Michael F. "Mike" Jones is an author, personal trainer and a former escort and masseur who gained world wide notice when he went public with allegations that he had had a three-year affair with Ted Haggard, an American evangelical preacher and founder of the New Life Church.-Private life:Jones...

 alleged that Haggard had paid him to engage in sex with him for three years and had also purchased and used crystal methamphetamine.

I want a church I can stay in for years. I don't want surprises, scandals, or secrets from my church leaders.

Today's biggest headlines are stories about people who thought they were doing something that was secret: Jesse Jackson's secret girlfriend and child, Monica Lewinski's private meetings with the president and confidential girl talk with Linda Tripp. Just think of the news stories we've watched on television...

People know what's going on with other people. So, we are wise if we live our lives as if there are no secrets. If we have nothing to hide, then there's nothing for people to discover, and we're clean. Living as if there is no such thing as a secret will keep you from all kinds of pain and suffering, and it will open the door for you to receive God's love more fully. Live as if there is nothing to hide and you will maintain innocence.

I've never known anyone who has fallen into sin and been successfully restored by the formal church structure. Nor have I ever seen a formal church structure wisely deal with sin, enabling ministry to continue without interruption.

Don't punish people who repent; heal them. I don't believe that private sin requires public rebuke or removal from office if repentance is taking place. However, when no evidence of true repentance exists, then discipline is in order.

There is no such thing as a secret among our leaders; communication is very open and honest, and if it's not, then it can become seemingly brutal. You've heard my arguments for love, friends, and authenticity, but there are the deceivers, the manipulators, the control freaks, and the self-appointed teachers in the Body who would love to use our system for their own selfish purposes. We all know the realities of the old sin nature.

I am convinced: people with pure hearts live better lives! Actually, one of the things I look for in a staff member is innocence. I love it when a person is not full of malice or unforgiveness or is not wrestling with secret sin. You can just tell by their countenance-they are wonderful people to be around.

The third big idea is that we confess our sins to someone close to us--a friend or our spouse. I don't mean a public declaration of our shortcomings; I mean confession in the security of a trusted and living friend.