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Sunday
Jan252015

Joshua Harris Plans to Leave Covenant Life Church for Seminary

During his sermon this morning, Joshua Harris told Covenant Life Church he plans to leave in June in order to attend seminary.  I'll be posting my thoughts about these and other developments later in the week.

Here is a paragraph summary. 

"I’m [Joshua Harris] going to cut to the chase and start with the announcement: My big news is that later this spring I’m going to step down from my role as lead pastor so that I can go to seminary. The school I’ll be attending is called Regent College, and it’s on the West Coast in Vancouver, B.C. My plan is to attend for at least a year with a good possibility that I will stay a second year to pursue a masters degree."

Go to this link to read the entire text or watch the sermon on video.

Postscript - Feb 6, 2015

Other demands and priorities have prevented me from posting about Joshua's announcement. I still plan to do so but not until I complete a lengthy piece on developments concerning the cover up of child sex abuse at Covenant Life Church since the Morales' trials last May.  The latter should be finished some time in March. Then I will work on a separate piece regarding Joshua's departure from CLC. He remains the sr. pastor until mid-April. Lord willing I will be done before then. Both these undertakings will address very serious issues. I also plan to do a short post on SGM's attempt to silence me with severance in 2009 since people are asking if Joshua will get severance and if he will be required to sign an "Employment Conclusion Agreement and Release of All Claims" document.

Thursday
Jan012015

Financial Audit Ushers in No Happy New Year for Sovereign Grace Churches, Incorporated

Sovereign Grace Ministries, now Sovereign Grace Churches, Incorporated (SGCI), recently released their Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2014.  

I’ve taken the 2014 figures and compared them to the 2011 figures.  The contrast highlights the financial downfall that has followed the ethical downfall over the past four years.  Here is a simple summary.

Total Assets 

2011 - $6,234,757 

2014 - $2,827,050 

A loss in total assets of 3.4 million.  

Operating Budget 

2011 - $6,623,168 

2014 - $2,910,648 

A reduction in the operating budget of 3.7 million.  

Savings 

2011 - $2,542,367    

2014 - $741,873 

A loss in savings of 1.8 million.   

Giving 

2011 - $4,819,801 

2014 - $1,590,800 

A reduction in giving of 3.3 million. 

Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc. forecasts a budget deficit of $190,000 in 2015.  This despite the fact that employee compensation and benefits have been cut by 61% over the past three years.  

The auditor notes that “SGCI has been adversely affected by the economic downturn, negative publicity from litigation, and the departure of over 30 member churches from the association.”  (Note 10, p. 19) 

On the other hand, Mark Prater, the Executive Director for SGCI, posted about “all the faithful works of God in our family of churches this past year.”  That included a “clean audit.”  

“Because of Tommy Hill’s and Mark Donovan’s faithful work, we have received another clean audit for the last fiscal year, which is important in maintaining the trust of our donors.” 

The audit may be clean but SGCI is not.  If Prater were honest, he’d talk about losing the trust of donors by the thousands which has resulted in the near financial collapse of SGCI.  Giving was down again in 2014.  And yet there is no repentance. 

Lost trust must be regained, not maintained.  That will not happened under Prater who is the highest ranking denominational officer.  He continues to use spin and hype to mislead those that remain in SGCI.  That’s why you will never hear an honest overview of the Audited Financial Statements.  You have to go look for them and study them and compare them. 

SGCI is all about cover up even though the Lord Jesus Christ has exposed them time after time.  He has done his own spiritual audit and declared its deceptive leaders unclean.  Christ’s dealings will continue in 2015 and may actually increase.  More uncleanness will be revealed in the coming year.

Psalm 24:3-4 Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.