Re: Kirkby Christian Fellowship
Date: July 17, 2018 06:04PM
> It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted here
> (under a different name). I’m glad it still
> exists, though I have heard lots of reports saying
> the fellowship has really changed. I’ve also heard
> that people who’ve left have been blamed for
> everything that happened rather than Cheryl. I
> don’t know what to think. But I do know this forum
> has a lot of hurting people on it who don’t
> deserve to be brushed under a carpet and glossed
> My question is, for anyone still reading, what
> would you want, if you could have it, from KCF as
> it stands now? An apology? An acknowledgment of
> what they did and that they now know it was wrong?
> Some kind of open statement? Reparations (what)?
> Or for them to be shut down?
I’m sure that answer is different for everyone who has posted here. I know people on both sides and you certainly get a very one-sided idea of the church from this forum, but not what I would call the whole story. The posts on here run from genuine hurt to vicious bullying attacks to almost incoherent nonsense, from people as varied as atheists to people who still claim to be Christians, so I doubt there would be a general consensus. The fellowship has changed a lot, as have the people in it. The majority of the posts here represent a partially complete snap shot of events over a decade ago, and don’t take into account that people do change over time, regret things, learn to handle situations better.
To answer your other question, no there isn’t usually a higher authority in independent evangelical churches, charismatic or otherwise, and this is by choice, as monolithic top-down organisations tend to do more harm than good. With a small fellowship the members can have direct control over the direction of the church or leave of things aren’t to their liking.
Yes, pretty much any group can just “set up” a church, and yes you need to be very discerning about joining such a group, and ask the right questions when going in. If anything happens that you disagree with, leave. If anything illegal happens, notify the police. If your tile there results in damages, go to court.
And remember that if you are a Christian, no one can insert themselves between you and God, and your faith is between you and God and no one else.