The leaders who attended the April 8th meeting with church leadership came prepared with their concerns. Several of the leaders were from the Celebrate Recovery ministry within the church, and they were accustomed to winnowing out truth from participants. One of them asked about the relationship between the two prominent churches in this story.

“‘The second point that I’m asking, um, and maybe this is standard operating procedure, I don’t know. But Brandon came from South Eastern Christian Church in Louisville? Our counsel is from Southeast, the same church, the same church right? Brandon’s mother is employed at that same church? His family goes to that same church? Is that a
conflict of interest? It seems like there are ties to that church, it just . . .’

Steve broke in with information on SECC being a megachurch of about 28,000 members, emphasizing that SECC had volunteered the counsel. Steve stated that both churches had done a background check on Brandon. I have since made the connection between the two churches as mentor (SECC) and mentee (FCCF). I wonder how much of this inter-church counseling was getting the narrative straight between them in order to minimize damage to the churches, both of which hired Brandon. How much was damage control and face-saving? I may never know the answer to that question, but I am allowed to ask it.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lilly of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 87.)

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