Great Moments in LCC History

ABC District had the biggest news to share but it barely got a line and a link. In fact, ABC Connect, the District’s newsletter, doesn’t even mention specifically what the news is. But it’s huge and historical. Naturally we’re skipping over it as best we can.

On October 25, 2017, a federal court lifted the stay of proceedings in place since January 2015. The stay of proceedings is a legal instrument in bankruptcy protection so creditors can’t sue debtors until their finances are in place.

Now, it turns out, ABC District’s finances are in place.

Document: Court Order Lifting CCAA Stay of Proceedings

So, this Reformation Day, we can be reminded that the courts had to intervene and manage the church’s financial affairs, which were a disaster. The administrative situation was equally grim. Grim enough to go from a staff of 14 to a staff of 3. This is church growth LCC style: make huge mistakes, don’t own up to them, and then definitely don’t act to correct the errors.

Yes, we have confirmation that church members can sue the church. Let the lawsuits begin. Happy Reformation Day, courtesy of LCC and ABC District.

Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.

One thought on “Great Moments in LCC History

  1. clintmagnus

    If there had been some humble repentance and admission of mistakes right at the start, who knows where we would be today. Maybe it would have still ended in lawsuits, but at least we could have had some reconciliation and spiritual healing. The reformers coined the phrase “Ecclesia semper reformanda est” which means “The Church must always be reforming itself.” Notice that they didn’t say, “The church must always be restructuring itself.” Restructuring is fine, but it won’t fix the larger spiritual problem. It’s like trying to fix a broken heart with a bucket of ice cream. It might make you feel better for a little bit but then you are right back where you started. The point is that you can’t fix spiritual problems by worldly means. After Jesus fed the 5000 and the crowd followed Him wanting more free lunch, He rebuffed them saying, “You are seeking Me because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labour for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life…I am the bread of life.” The lesson is clear…spiritual problems like sin, repentance and forgiveness require the spiritual solutions that be found only in Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit. So on this Reformation day, let’s pray for our church that a spiritual reformation and healing would occur so that we can once again become the vital voice for the Gospel that God has called us to be.

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