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New York City Church of Christ

Aug 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Africa/Carribean/Eastern States World Sector, Compensation, Contribution, Documents, Finances, Salary, Special Missions Contribution

Various documents from the New York City Church of Christ


1999 World Financial Plan Local Cost Center – New York Consolidated Final

Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2001

Spring, 2003 – New York City Church of Christ Apology Letter

Spring, 2003 – Steve Johnson Apology Letter

March 25, 2003 – New York City Church of Christ Board of Directors letter to all members of the NYC CoC

June 1, 2003 – Rockland Transition Team Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2003 – New York City Church of Christ Worship Service – Sam Powell, Steve Kinnard, Steve Johnson, Phil Garrison

A transition team at Rockland began looking into the finances of the church.  While trying to uncover actual expense account information and reimbursement data which they were told they would receive, later the CFO of ACES refused to provide the information.

2007-2008 – According to a letter from the NYC Church of Christ Elders, Ernst and Young (hired by the New York ICOC) determined Blaise Feumba leading the Abidjan Church of Christ was accused of greed and inappropriate use of church funds from the Ivory Coast Church and was forced to resign in 2008.

…in December, 2007, the elders and ministry leaders in the New York church became aware of serious issues regarding the leadership of the Abidjan church.  Some members of the Abidjan church had presented Blaise Feumba, the lead evangelist of the church, with a sixteen page letter, accusing him of greed and inappropriate use of church funds.  A transitional church board was formed, and board members began a process of investigating the accusations.  Blaise was temporarily removed as lead evangelist.

Mike Taliaferro and Herve Fleurant, former African missionaries with close ties to the Abidjan church, traveled from San Antonio, Texas, to Abidjan in late December, in an attempt to help the church deal with the issues and plan for the future.  The New York church contributed significantly toward the cost of that trip.

In a brief written statement read throughout the church, the elders of the New York church notified the congregation in early January, 2008, that Blaise had been removed from his position because of greed and that mission’s support was being withheld until an external audit of the Abidjan church’s finances could be conducted by a reputable accounting firm.

Some time after 2008, Feumba joined Kip McKean’s International Christian Church and is currently a Director of International Programs with MERCY Worldwide.

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