I've checked the stats and she is correct, about two thirds of the congregation of 300 appears to have left starting in 2008 or so. Then again there are two churches there and it looks like the other one has dropped from 80 to about 60 from 2008 on.
You make a good observation that this isn't necessarily the Pastor alone. The church had to first call him, and we don't know if the decline started with him or if it was already underway. The Board most likely has been at least somewhat supportive as this decline started in 2008, the period for the two year review is past, so there must be some level of support for the pastor.
Tami has also let us know that her husband has stuck in there and is, I believe, the worship leader there. My heart and prayers have gone out to him quite often as it must be difficult for him to minister without the full support of his family. The one thing we do know is that we should remember them in prayer.
As to the rest of the thread, I am incredibly grateful to be in a church where the issue of masculinity or femininity is completely foreign. Not even something that we think about, nor talk about. Which is incredibly neat.
I've been in churches where they practiced a male leadership model, and interestingly enough it was the pastor's wife who usually ran things. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain so to speak. And I've been in churches where the women were in charge and heaven help you if you so much as suggested that it should be otherwise. Needless to say, but I'm happy to repeat that I'm real grateful to be in a place where this isn't even close to being an issue!!!!