ECFA Will Not Release Faith Christian Church Investigation Results

This post is a follow up to the resignation of Faith Christian Church from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. I reported early in April that FCC resigned from the ECFA. FCC was being investigated by the ECFA for possible violations of ECFA guidelines. Numerous former members had described the extreme pressure to give 10% or more of their income to the church along with other problems at the church.Even though the FCC resigned while under investigation, the ECFA does not … [Read more...]

Under Investigation, Faith Christian Church Resigns from the ECFA

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Faith Christian Church has voluntarily resigned membership from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.The ECFA was in the middle of an investigation of the church's compliance with ECFA's guidelines. By resigning, the church can escape that process.I have asked the ECFA if they plan to issue a report and will report any response I receive.If the past is a guide, I am not optimistic that the ECFA will publicly comment. … [Read more...]

ECFA Statement: Faith Christian Church Still Under Investigation

The Washington Post's Susan Svrluga posted a statement from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability about their ongoing examination of Faith Christian Church. ECFA evaluates and accredits ministry organizations, including churches, only with regard to their compliance with our Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. Occasionally we are presented with complaints or accusations about a member organization and while we do not automatically dismiss such concerns, the scope of our … [Read more...]

Former Members of Faith Christian Church (Tucson, AZ) to Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability: Talk to Us

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Previously, I posted stories of abuse and pastoral control being alleged by former members of Faith Christian Church in Tucson, AZ. In the Arizona Daily Star article that broke the story, Faith Christian Church was defended by Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability as a member in good standing. Since then, the ECFA told the Daily Star that an executive is investigating.However, the ECFA has not talked to any former members of Faith Christian Church. Some … [Read more...]

Former Staff Members: Faith Christian Church Members Taught to Spank Infants to Curb Rebellion

Two former staff members of Faith Christian Church in Tucson AZ provided more details about the procedures church leaders told members to use to drive out rebellion from infants. The Arizona Daily Star reported the procedures described by former member and staffer Rachiel Morgan. According to the Star report, church pastor Stephen Hall taught members to spank babies as young as 8 weeks if they raised up their heads while laying on their stomachs.Wanting to learn more about this claim, I … [Read more...]

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Defends Tucson Church at Center of Investigative Report

Faith Christian Church in Tucson emerged from the demise of Maranatha Christian Church in 1990.  The church seeks to convert college students as a part of the church's ministry and as such has had a long standing relationship with the University of Arizona. Now the church is the subject of an investigation by the Arizona Daily Star over allegations of cult-like control over members and inappropriate punishments of children. Faith Christian Church has several affiliated churches around the … [Read more...]

Why Did David Jeremiah’s Turning Point Give Up Membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability?

When I first heard former Turning Point CFO George Hale’s account of David Jeremiah’s methods of gaining spots on best-seller lists, I checked the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability membership directory to see if David Jeremiah's ministry, Turning Point, was a member organization. It is not.I checked because, in 2014, ECFA president Dan Busby took a public stance against the best-seller list manipulation scheme paid for by Mars Hill Church. At the time, he first told Ruth Gra … [Read more...]

John Piper on Lessons Learned from the Mark Driscoll Controversy; ECFA, Are You Listening?

In an audio presentation out today, John Piper doesn't regret partnering with Mark Driscoll but does see some of the problems identified by Mars Hill's elders. In this audio, Piper briefly admits that he could have done more to help. He also says that perhaps pulling Driscoll's book from sale, as Lifeway has done, is a defensible temporary response to the controversy. I can't get the embed code to work so click the link for the audio)Most of the audio is about lessons learned. Piper … [Read more...]


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