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A few days later Haggard resigned from all of his leadership positions.

Grant Haas, who formerly attended New Life Church, has said that then-pastor Ted Haggard masturbated in front of him in a hotel room in 2006 and sent him explicit text messages.

"I was totally surprised," Haggard wrote in The Life-Giving Church. Haggard was unconventional in his approach to ministering to people.

Through random acts of kindness, Haggard would sometimes skip the morning offering and surprise needy people, like returning military personnel and single parents, with financial blessings by asking the congregation to lay money at their feet as they stood in front of the congregation.

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Haggard then entered counseling by a team including Jack Hayford and Tommy Barnett who stated their intention to "perform a thorough analysis of Haggard's mental, spiritual, emotional and physical life," including the use of polygraph tests. London, Focus on the Family's vice president of church and clergy, took Dobson's place on the team.Since the scandal broke, attendance at New Life Church has been down about 20 percent with financial support falling 10 percent.As a consequence, the church has laid off 44 employees, representing about 12 percent of its workforce.The team was to include James Dobson, who later stepped aside, citing time constraints. In April 2007, the Haggard family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to start a "restoration" process.They attended Phoenix First Assembly of God, whose pastor, Tommy Barnett, was on his counseling team.