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.
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.