U.S Pastor apologizes after calling congregation ‘broke’

Pastor Funderburke (Image: CP)

A United States pastor has apologized after he described members of his congregation as ‘broke’ following their refusal to buy him luxury gifts.

In the video, Pastor Carlton Funderburke of Church at the Well Kansas City said, "That's how I know you're still poor, broke, busted and disgusted because of how you've been honoring me. I'm not worth your McDonald's money? I'm not worth your Red Lobster money? I ain't worth your St. John Knits? Y'all can't afford it..."

In his apology, the pastor explained that the video, which was released on Tuesday, August 16, on the church’s social media platforms, was recorded on August 7 while he was delivering a sermon.

Funderburke said, "I want to take this moment to address the now-viral video clip with me from a sermon given on August 7, 2022. Though there is context behind the content of the clip, no context will suffice to explain the hurt and the anguish caused by my words. I've spoken to those I'm accountable to and have received their correction and instruction.

"I'm privileged to do life with them. The video clip does not reflect my heart or my sentiments towards God's people, yet that's not discernible in the clip. Therefore, I offer this sincere apology to you today. No context could erase the words I used. I apologize to all who've been hurt, angered or in any way damaged by my words.

"I apologize to the church at large for any undue scrutiny I have subjected you to. I apologize to every preacher and pastor who must stand up under the controversy that I have caused.

"To those who now know me because of this video clip, I regret that your first impression of me is one of anger, hate and resentment.

“My actions and my words are inexcusable. I offer no justification or defense. That moment was mishandled and mismanaged. I deeply regret this moment, and I solicit your prayers and forgiveness as we grow forward.”

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