Beleaguered Recreation Minister Under Pressure to Deliver Church-League Softball Championship In Fourth Year at the Helm
Memphis, TN - Clyde Wavely, senior pastor of CrossLite Church in Memphis would not completely denounce rumors that recreation minister Geoff Jones was on the hot-seat going into this year’s spring softball season.
“Look, the ultimate goal of our church’s recreation ministry is not win the local softball league. It’s to bring people to Christ,” he said in a recent phone interview. “That being said, no one really wants to come to Jesus if they think he’s a loser and "loser” is the word most commonly-used to describe our softball program over the past three years.
Geoff Jones offered no comment on his senior pastor’s words when asked at the church’s recent practice. “I’m a little busy trying to coach people up in the Lord here,” he said before throwing a glove at a player’s head for muffing a fly-ball.
He also offered no comment on allegations that the church’s new bats did not fall inside the league’s parameters or on the rumors that a failure to deliver at this level could see him sent down to the youth and children’s department, coaching Upwards teams and running recreation at local summer camps.
CrossLite’s men’s team finished 2-10 last year and lost in the tournament’s opening round to the Greek Orthodox Church.