Yesterday morning, Ted Kober of Ambassadors for Reconciliation gave a message titled “Forget Not All His Benefits” at our Pastors Conference. The audio is below.
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At the end of his message, Ted also gave a preliminary overview of what his team is learning about Sovereign Grace Ministries. Those comments, which start at the 49-minute mark of the audio, include these observations from their initial research and interviews:
- SGM has been blessed to grow over the last three decades.
- SGM has been effective in their focus on church planting and witness.
- SGM’s quick growth has not been accompanied by the appropriate development of structure, process, and policy (and he lists several examples).
- A number of people have expressed hurts and anger over the way discipline has been handled within SGM churches.
- When significant charges were brought against the chairman and several board members, SGM had to develop processes in the midst of conflict. This is extremely difficult. Ideally a system is in place so everyone knows what to expect, but this was not the case for those bringing or receiving allegations.
- No matter who assisted SGM during this crisis, they were going to be criticized. Nobody could come into the middle of a crisis and design a system that satisfied everyone, and everyone will be able to find something to criticize. This is to be expected in the middle of a conflict.
For more information on contribution to the Group Reconciliation and evaluation process, see our November 10 blog post.