Gil Jones, the prodigal pastor: Hear him admit that "I messed up"

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"I'm way better up here than I am in person," Gil Jones told his congregation from the stage at the Village Church last spring. Many critics of the controversial preacher -- the subject of this week's cover story, "The Prodigal Pastor" -- would agree with that assessment. Jones, who was instrumental in launching what's now the state's largest megachurch, is widely viewed as a powerful messenger in the pulpit, with a strong appeal among young seekers -- but his personal conduct has come under fire at three churches over the past eight years.

As detailed in our article, Jones resigned as lead pastor at Flatirons Community Church in 2005 after an extramarital affair with a woman in the congregation. Since divorced, Jones moved on to Pathways Church in Denver -- where he came under scrutiny for allegedly "inappropriate" relationships with women in the congregration. He stepped down at Pathways last fall and has since launched a new church, the Village. But turmoil over his dating practices -- including a recent breakup with one girlfriend that landed in court, thanks to some alarming text messages -- persists.

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Gil Jones with Stephanie Engels, who says the pastor insisted on "dating in the dark."
Many religious leaders try to keep their personal foibles under wraps. Not so much Jones, who speaks frequently about his own relationship missteps and failures in his weekly message. His supporters praise his honesty and willingness to "own" his mistakes. But others are less impressed with Jones's candor, saying his eager admissions are his way of defusing criticism for a disturbing pattern of misconduct.

Judge (or judge not) for yourself -- many of the pastor's most startling mea culpas have been captured in podcasts available on the Pathways and Village websites. And here are a few samples.

The first clip, from June 2012, features Jones confessing to his Pathways congregation about the affair he had at Flatirons seven years earlier. He reads some text messages from his ex-wife, discusses repentance and forgiveness, and insists the experience has made him even more qualified to lead a congregation of fellow sinners: "I've got a better story now than I ever had."



Continue for more Gil Jones sound clips.


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LetsBeHonest
LetsBeHonest

amazing stuff ... pure narcism. "it does not stand for S&M" ?!?!. you can't make it up.


on and on ... 


please just go away. quickly. leave the state.

dtrombley01
dtrombley01

Don't you think you have all posted enough hateful messages? And you call yourselves Christians? I think we all get it. If this was a mob stoning Gil, he'd be dead....does that make you feel better? Maybe prayer, ya think?!

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

He's preaching one thing and doing another? THAT NEVER HAPPENS IN THE MINISTRY. I'm stunned.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

how can christians defend this piece of shit and his not being able to keep his penis out of female church members...from the last 3 churches he was a pastor (not to mention the threats). what kind of influence is this guy on kids...let alone adults. anyone who says "who of us hasnt made a mistake" are the type of people who let this piece of shit do the same thing over and over and over. if i was a church going person i would be far, far away from this predator.

Syd Tastic
Syd Tastic

To me it isn't so much the cheating, but the threatening text messages he sent to the woman he'd cheated on (the woman who later found out from his prior partners that he'd behaved the same way toward them.) Being a serial cheater is bad enough on its own, but being aggressive and blaming the person you cheated on after she leaves you is a whole different level of dirtbag.

Desarae Nicole Buchanan
Desarae Nicole Buchanan

So what? He cheated.. this is nothing new. A pastor cheating. Tell me something I havent heard? People make mistakes. I feel bad he is being blasted for something this common.. I mean I dont really know any details but shit man... lol.

Rachel80218
Rachel80218

@Desarae Nicole Buchanan Why do people comment on things when they don't even know the details??


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