The question arises again as to who pays attorney fees when the church goes to court. The first time, the church sued the whistleblowers. Now, FCCF/Christ First finds itself on the other side of the table as the party being sued by one of the victims. It’s a valid question, either way. After several continuances, depositions are in the works. Are church members paying for questionable decisions of church leaders? Does this point up the importance of carefully choosing those who lead?
I don’t think I could explain the circumstances of the lawsuits against the whistleblowers better than Professor Doug Lay. It raises the question in my mind as to whether tithes and offerings of the congregation were intended to be used to pay for the legal fees. Is that a questionable practice? I’m just asking.
“This was a ‘complex issue’ because the lawsuit also listed the entire FCCF church as plaintiffs in the suit—including the business administrator, the academic dean, the cafeteria director, two adjunct professors, a current college trustee and numerous college students—all as members of FCCF! In fact, I was not only a defendant but also a plaintiff in the lawsuit since I was a member of FCCF.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 63.)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 31, 2022
While this is a tough read, it is one that I believe is necessary for anyone serving in a leadership role in a church, for someone seeking a healthy church, and for individuals in ministry. This book should be added to curriculum at Bible colleges as a guide on how to properly handle abuse and as a guide on how not to handle abuse.
I’m grateful for this read, not just as an individual who lived through this situation, but as someone who serve full time in ministry now as an adult. I hope people will be open minded to learning from and listening to the victims and whistleblowers always.