Question:

How do we notify the congregation that a minister has been asked to leave? It has not grown over the last several years, and we want to move forward.


Answer:

I'm not certain how you determined that the lack of growth was the preacher's fault and not due to the members of the church not being active in spreading the Gospel, but given the situation why not be honest with the group? State that the preacher was asked to leave and state why the elders made this decision without involving the congregation as a whole.