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Special Missions Contribution

Blaise Feumba – accused of greed and inappropriate use of church funds

May 7th, 2014 | By

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,
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Slush Funds and Other Ways Your Money was Spent

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

During a question and answer session on Delphi Forums, a former church administrator (Barry Mahfood) revealed some information that had not been known before about some of the inner workings of the finances in the World Sectors.  Apparently there was a “special projects” fund set up for Kip McKean’s use.  Why? A percentage of the
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New York City Church of Christ

Aug 29th, 2010 | By

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
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Promises of Future Openness

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“To ensure an open line of communication in the future, we wish to hold regular open meetings, so the elders and evangelist can be open to anything you would like to express. the British Commonwealth World Sector (“BCS”) and additional financial information will be posted on these sites. The Washington DC Church of Christ website
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Negligence of Primary Spiritual Responsibility for Local Membership

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Not protecting the churches in San Diego and the Southwest. These churches have been incredibly sacrificial. We have sent hundreds of people as well as millions of dollars to support missions and ministries around the world. However, our churches have been hurt so that others could be built up. We have lacked people and funds
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Local Churches “Controlled By” Other Corporations

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“…the decision-making of The Nashville Church would be made in Nashville by the local church leadership and not by another church or “discipler” in another city. ” Nashville Church Apology Letter — Spring 2003 “There will be no more hierarchical control coming from another church toward us or from us toward another church. We do
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Greed

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Appearances and real issues of greed have now caused thousands to stumble and question our spirituality.” Henry Kriete Letter — Spring 2003



Failure to Communicate/Allowing Misconceptions

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“The CSA Leadership has failed to communicate adequately with the churches in our group especially about the finances and administration of special contributions. ” CSA Leadership Letter — Spring 2003 “Their failure to provide an effective communication channel caused many disciples to feel excluded and disconnected from the administration and finances of the CSA World
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Dubious Statements

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“We have no money to give to ICOC corporate and it will have to close down.” Steve Johnson Apology — Spring 2003 As of May 2005, International Churches of Christ, Inc. and International Churches of Christ Mission Society, Inc. are still active California corporations.



Deceit and Insincerity

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Administrators have admitted to deceit in the name of compliance, and to ‘smoke and mirrors’ with the finances.” Henry Kriete Letter — Spring 2003



Conversion of Funds

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“On October 29th of 2002, as a result of requests by the elders, evangelists, and board of directors for greater accountability from the Central and South American World Sector Headquarters in California as to where special missions contribution money collected here in South Florida was being spent, it came to light that two of our
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Contribution for the Poor Converted to Other Uses

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Another recent decision of the Board in regards to meeting local needs of our members is that the Church’s poor contribution will first be used for local benevolence prior to meeting any outside charitable organization support request. Currently, we are unaware of local benevolence requests from our membership that have gone unmet. However, we have
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Conflicts of Interest: Board of Directors Stacked with Staff Members and not Non-Staff Members

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“…to reconstitute the Board of Directors of the Boston Church of Christ, so that here will be more non-staff people serving on the board than staff members.” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003



Coercion to Give Money

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“…‘Official Kingdom’ issues include an enforced Special Contribution every year, ” Henry Kriete Letter — Spring 2003



Extravagance/Inurement of Benefit

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Some policy changes related to our expense reimbursement for ministry staff have already been approved…” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003 Note that there was no disclosure of those changes or of the previous policies that were in need of changing. “And truthfully, have these retreat expenses and the like been made public? In detail?
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Finances Not Open to Members

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“We apologize for having a financial process that has not been more open to non-staff evaluation and review… ” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003



Financial Mismanagement or Incompetence

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Also in regard to finances we want to apologize to you for the fact that money was not always spent wisely.” Boston Apology Letter – March 16, 2003



Overspending on Administrative Overhead

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“Funds from mission contributions collected in the U.S. will be used exclusively for mission work and for administrative and ministry support of such work, and the combined costs of administrative and ministry support will be reduced to 20% or less of the total amount collected.” CSA Leadership Letter — Spring 2003



Special Missions Contribution Accounting

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

“In past years, the Board also provided information as to where the Special Mission Contribution was going to be used. For example in 2002, for the special missions contribution 16 multiples or 80% of the goal went to BCS, 2 multiples or 10% of the goal went to ACR, 2 multiples or 10% of the
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Salaries

Aug 7th, 2010 | By

ICOCinvestigation.com has heard multiple accounts of members being told that it was “illegal” for them to be given salary information for church leaders.  Such a claim, however, is completely inaccurate.  We are calling for individuals



Restricted Funds

Aug 1st, 2010 | By

Even in their own official policies, ICOC leaders made it obvious that they understand the law regarding “restricted” contributions.  To put it simply, if a collection is advertised as being for a specific purpose, then it is unlawful to use



Middle East World Sector

Aug 1st, 2010 | By

October 2010 Update:  Cory Blackwell has joined Kip McKean and the Sold Out Discipling Movement – “Elena and I drove from LA to Rancho Mirage two hours for Sunday’s Worship Service with Cory Blackwell and his daughter and son. Cory grew up as a Muslim, became a denominational Christian, and then through Bill & Lisa
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Special Missions Contribution

Aug 1st, 2010 | By

At least once a year, we were forced to give a “Special Missions Contribution”, the name of which advertised the supposed purpose of these funds.  The advertising for such contribution included copious talk about the missions of the ICOC and our



ICOC Inconsistencies

Jul 31st, 2010 | By

ICOC Practices That Are Inconsistent With Stated Goals and Policies The founding of HOPE worldwide, LTD. In a movement that stressed personal accountability, personal evangelism,



Admissions of ICOC Leaders

Jul 31st, 2010 | By

Administrators Manipulated by Evangelists Boards Stripped of Customary Powers