The personal injury case filed against FCCF/Christ First Church and Steve Wingfield by John Doe2 was reassigned to a different judge for hearing and determination as of August 1, 2023. You can track the progress of the case on the courts website: https://www.courts.mo.gov/cnet/cases/newHeader.do?inputVO.caseNumber=21SL-CC04432&inputVO.courtId=CT21.
Is your church leadership transparent to the members? Do you know where your tithes and offerings go? Does leadership share the budgets for the year and seek approval for them? Are you aware of what transpires behind the scenes between the senior minister and the elders? Do your elders appear to be more of a buffer between you and the senior minister than they are servants to the body? How are you treated if you question what transpires? Are these red flags as to a church not functioning as the biblical model described in Scripture? I’m just asking.
From the Book:
“Obviously, the elders were deeply concerned about the circumstances surrounding the resignations of the two beloved student ministers, who had proven themselves to the church body. Why would any church not fight to retain such godly servants? Again, much happens behind the lights, guitars, and fog machines of which those of us in the pews are unaware. The elders’ power waned as the CEO-type positioning of the senior minister blossomed from the structural changes to the church business model.” (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.72.)
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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.