Can CCC members view audited financial statements that provide information about how our contributions are used?
Yes. Members with questions about financial statements or audits can contact [email protected].
Did CCC tithe money ever get used for World Harvest expenses including legal fees for Toto and Jake?
Zero dollars of congregational support were used for World Harvest expenses including legal fees for the accused.
How did CCC account for World Harvest funds?
CCC accepted the World Harvest funds as an unrestricted gift in September 2014. The money was separately accounted for and was used for Tom Randall’s continued ministry and work around the world. An independent audit is underway to verify our accounting of these funds.
When will the independent audit of World Harvest’s funds be shared?
We hope to have the audit completed as soon as reasonably possible.
Is Tom Randall’s new 501(c)(3) attached to CCC and should I support it?
Tom Randall’s new ministry is not connected to, supported, or endorsed by CCC.
In the financial area, what does CCC do in regard to accountability and transparency?
Accountability and transparency are very important at CCC. We are stewards of God’s resources. The CCC financial records and statements are audited annually by an independent accounting firm. That report is presented to the elders for their review. This report is available for any member to view at the church offices by setting up a meeting with [email protected]. In addition, CCC publishes an annual summary of giving and expenses. Download the most recent summary.
Who makes the decisions about which ministries and missionaries CCC supports?
CCC has a group of both men and women who serve on our team to evaluate, approve and allocate funds for both local and international ministries that are a part of our operational budget. Current team members currently include Mike Holwerda, Michael Ammirati, Bena Paisley, Bill Lawrence, Cassie Dudek, and Richard White. In fiscal year 2019, these funds amounted to roughly 25% of partner financial support.
The remaining 75% of the partner support is from funds that are donated to CCC as “designated funds” or the funds that are a part of our Micah 6:8 weekends. These funds are dispersed in accordance with the donors wishes.
Each ministry we support is vetted through our standard vetting process to ensure we support funds with the right intentions.
Pastor Joe’s Role
What is Pastor Joe’s role in the ongoing review of matters related to the Sankey event?
As he has stated in both services and member meetings, Joe is turning the leadership of our continuing evaluation of the Sankey events over to the Elders, with Stacey DiNardo directing communications on their behalf.
Why did Pastor Joe continue to defend Tom Randall and continue to cast doubt on the allegations?
The investigation revealed Tom Randall gave incomplete and inaccurate information to CCC regarding events at the Sankey orphanage. In hindsight, all allegations should have been taken seriously, which is why we are now pursuing a path of reconciliation.
The Ongoing Evaluation
How will I receive updates on progress or developments going forward?
We will continue to provide information to CCC members regarding our progress by updating the FAQs posted on our web site.
What is the best way for me to ask questions not answered by the FAQ?
Please send any questions at our new email address [email protected]. We will add FAQs to address any new questions that come in.
Will there be another investigation into the Sankey matter?
The Elders have thoroughly discussed this topic and have chosen to take intentional steps toward healing and reconciliation. Information and documentation related to this situation, including our own report, has now been turned over to the FBI. As such, any new investigation would be most appropriately initiated by them. The Elders will await any findings from the FBI to determine if other steps should be taken.
Why was Tom Randall not held accountable by CCC leadership? What is his role with CCC now?
As is noted in the Sankey report, Tom Randall was found to have committed a clear violation of pastoral ethics. His immediate resignation was therefore required and accepted by the Elders of CCC on June 3, 2019. CCC no longer has a relationship with him and any activities he undertakes are of his own accord.
What are the objectives and related tasks to strengthen CCC as it moves ahead?
Our leadership team is looking to address five important objectives, including the following:
We are working diligently to reconcile with all involved, including the individuals who first reported the abuse, the individuals who fought to be heard and most importantly the individuals in the Philippines who were the victims of abuse. We have taken steps to earn back trust in our church community, including seeking out the support of a Christian Conciliation company. Our hearts are open and ready for deep, true reconciliation and we remain hopeful that those impacted will join us on this journey together.
We have reached out to several advocacy organizations in the Philippines including Compassion International and International Justice Mission to see how we can best support the victims of this abuse. We realize that to accept help in this area trust has to be established, which is why we are looking to professionals to support these victims.
WORLD HARVEST FUNDS
We are having our independent financial auditors review our accounting of the World Harvest funds to show inflows, outflows, and gains due to investments. Once this is complete, we will be evaluating the best ways to disburse these funds to serve God’s Kingdom.
MISSIONS MOVING FORWARD
We are updating the protocols and applications used to evaluate the mission organizations we support. We are also looking into joining a network that helps with the safety and protection of children. Paul Wides, our Global Outreach Pastor, has already contacted 10 large churches and organizations to learn from and implement their best practices.
INTERNAL CONTROLS AT CCC
The DNA of CCC has always been one of open arms. Open arms to support sharing the Gospel both locally and abroad. Open arms to fight for Justice and Mercy and open arms to help whenever and wherever we see a need. This at times may mean taking risks where quick decisions are essential, but we will follow up and work to minimize any risk we become aware of.
The CCC leadership team strives for CCC to operate at the highest possible level to encourage any seeker who enters our community to get to know, grow and eventually serve Jesus. Due to the recent events, we owe it to our family to assess where we failed by not listening and acting on the allegations in the Philippines as soon as they were reported. Our promise will be to review current processes, understand what broke down and put controls in place to ensure this does not happen again.
What are CCC’s next steps with the young adults that experienced abuse at Sankey?
CCC is in the process of reaching out to these young adults in the Philippines in order to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. We are growing in a relationship with a trusted third party and making progress in assessing the avenues of healing and support for the young adults affected. We anticipate that this process will continue into the new year and we will continue to provide updates as progress is made.
What is CCC’s response to those who have been advocating for five years?
CCC is grateful for those who have steadfastly advocated for justice in this matter, and we desire to pursue reconciliation and repair relationships that may have been broken. We have taken steps to earn back trust in our church community, including initiating the support of a Christian Conciliation company. The Conciliator has extended the invitation to engage in the reconciliation process to both the individuals who first reported the abuse and to those that have fought to be heard. At this point, they are not ready to engage in the reconciliation process with CCC.
What protocols and accountability are being put in place to ensure nothing like this happens again?
After much internal review and assessment work we are looking to a) be more diligent in following our internal processes while adding additional checks and balances where needed b) show more transparency with our financials and mission support c) strengthen our internal childcare protocols to ensure the safety of every child who is entrusted to our care.
Our annual audit that covers our last fiscal year (July 2018-June 2019) is currently underway. This audit ensures complete financial propriety and compliance with IRS rules and regulations for non-profits. Once this is completed, an expanded summary report for the year will be posted on the CCC website. Additionally, CCC members who wish to see the full report will be able to set up meetings with Rick Schuping.
Recently, a team from CCC attended a “Caring Well” a national conference on child safety and response to abuse in October. Our goal was to walk away with a greater understanding of the epidemic of abuse and learn how we as a church can:
- Be a safe place for those that have experienced abuse.
- Foster a culture of openness and protection to aid those that are vulnerable in being able to come forward.
- Learn and apply equipping measures to prevent abuse.
After returning from the conference, we are discussing how to incorporate these concepts and will take initiatives in order to make our church community a better place. Suggestions are welcome via [email protected].