The Inquisition?

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve checked in at the ol’ church, but from what I hear, it’s beginning to look more like: Of course, Noone expects the Spanish Inquisition* until it’s too late! (Among their chief weapons are Suprise! Fear! The Pageant! And fanatical devotion to the unrestricted budget!) More seriously, quite a… Read more »

Is polity “Missional?”

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You’ve heard “missional,” which is threatening to become a church-growth Rorschach test — everyone projects a different meaning on the same blot. I think ‘missional’ is most useful to describe the idea fact that the Gospel must be present in action and proposition: it makes no sense to believe the right thing and act the… Read more »

NY Judge allows negligent supervision claim

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A New York judge has allowed a suit against an archdiocese to continue. “To the extent that Ms. Cale’s executor may be able to establish through discovery or otherwise that the Archdiocese had actual or constructive knowledge about Monsignor Woolsey’s propensity to exert undue influence over parishioners to obtain gifts of money or property, the… Read more »

Woman stole thousands

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HUDSON [Florida] – A 45-year-old woman is accused of stealing between $20,000and $30,000 from First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19 in Hudson, since 2003, authorities say, money that parents were paying to the church for children’s day care.

Maine pastor indicted

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BANGOR – The pastor who helped build Abundant Life Church from 22 members who met in motel function rooms to a congregation of nearly 800 with a $2.5 million facility on Outer Broadway was indicted Monday for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 of church funds.

Colorado theft

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From the Sterling Colorado Journal Advocate: A former bookkeeper who offered to plead guilty to stealing a $1,400 church computer may not face any prison time. [...] The First Presbyterian Church accused her of stealing $180,000 over her four years of employment. Attorneys on both sides also agreed to allow her to make restitution for… Read more »

Pastor and business manager resign in Nebraska

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The business manager of a catholic parish was fired and the pastor resigned as about $180,000 in church funds were reported stolen, the Archdiocese of Omaha reported Saturday. UPDATE: According to WOWT, the pastor resigned for the good of the congregation, and not because he participated. WOWT goes on to say that the fraud was… Read more »

What took so long?

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The First Baptist Church of Cold Spring, KY finally accepted the resignation of Larry Davis, the pastor who admitted a few weeks ago that he had stolen money from his church. Earlier news stories indicated that many members of the church had already left, and that the remaining congregants might not accept his resignation.

Wisconsin church theft

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Former church business manager sentenced. Anderson pleaded guilty in July to felony theft for stealing the money from March 2000 to August 2003. She was also sued in civil court by her former congregation and reached a settlement with the church in which she and her husband agreed to pay $320,000. That figure includes $70,000… Read more »