Tuesday, June 09, 2015

"9 practical reads like 9 pious bromides, we may need to review the scope of the legacy

While part 1 had Wenatchee The Hatchet cautiously considering that Turner is taking "baby steps" toward a healthier approach the baby steps, now that part 2 is up, seem smaller than they could have been.  We'll have to be brief and unfortunately sloppy here:

http://investyourgifts.com/9-practical-lessons-on-repentance-forgiveness-leadership-culture-part-2/

While eight people to whom Turner reached out to reconcile counts as "something" we need to bear in mind what havoc was at play.

Keep in mind Turner once wrote "How to Leave Well", discussed elsewhere at this blog.

Turner may not yet be coming to terms with the full scope of how things worked. 


A. The long term effects of any and all terminations or lay-offs instigated by Turner or under Turner's tenure  need to be understood.with this in mind:

1. people who quit frequently had to sign non-disclosure agreements that included spouses and predicated short term conditional medical coverage on compliance
2. Turner issued a public statement indicating that those quitting should neither ask for nor expect to receive severance pay
3. 501(c)3s don't pay into unemployment insurance, generally, so either way whomever was fired or laid off by Turner, or whoever quit, would have ended employment unable to collect unemployment insurance benefits


B. THE SHEER NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WERE QUIT, FIRED, OR LAID OFF WAS HIGH
http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2015/04/turner-talks-generally-about-laying-off.html
Van Skaik indicated more than 100 people were off-loaded from employment at MH in what turns out to have been the first couple of years of Turner's tenure in executive leadership
I.e the staff turnover rate when Sutton Turner arrived could be described as catastrophic.  Some (or many) who were fired or laid off) also got told they had to sign non-disclosure agreements.  Gag orders was how one former pastor described them.

 For an overview of that ...

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/03/warren-throckmorton-publishes-mh-non.html
http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/03/warren-smith-at-world-magazine-states.html

http://www.worldmag.com/2014/03/signs_and_wonders_megachurches_order_staff_to_keep_their_mouths_shut
Warren Smith at World Magazine has recently published the following words:
... I’ve obtained a copy of the Mars Hill agreement, it covers both the employee and the employee’s spouse, and it threatens legal action if the employee has “any intentional or unintentional violation” of the agreement. Dave Kraft, a former elder who refused to sign the document and subsequently left the church, said, “It amounts to a gag order.”


C. point 7 presents a strange mirror image to MH leadership having never conceded how they handled the 2007 firings may have had problems

7. FORGIVE THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THEY HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU.
It is very disheartening when you want to sit down with someone and practice Jesus’ instructions given in Matthew 18, but they do not believe they have sinned against you and refuse to meet. What should you do? Forgive them. You do not need someone to tell you they are sorry in order to forgive them. One of the most prominent teachers on forgiveness and redemption would not meet with me after he sinned against me. I had to decide whether I would become bitter and harbor resentment toward this person or if I would forgive and pray for him. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I obeyed Christ’s command to forgive, because this is exactly what Jesus has done with my sin against him.
As a leader, this point will not be easy for you, as it hasn’t been for me either. You are eager to sit down with someone with whom you had direct contact, who sinned against you, and discuss it with them. However, this is something you simply have to lay down at the cross of Jesus.


Tell that to Paul Petry, eh?

https://joyfulexiles.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/elders-mh-website-jamie-munson-update-on-paul-petry-forum-12-05-071.pdf
https://joyfulexiles.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/01-29-2008-munson-ltr.pdf
https://joyfulexiles.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/01-30-2008-munson-ltr.pdf

Now there are other things that have not been discussed much that might be worth keeping in mind. 

TURNER WAS NEARLY SCAPEGOATED
Let's keep in mind that Turner's account earlier this year was the BoAA split on the question of whether to scapegoat him and him alone over the Result Source controversy
http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2015/04/turners-account-of-how-he-signed-result.html

BLACKMAILED INTO RESIGNATION
Turner described how, it seems, he was effectively blackmailed into a resignation with the threat of disclosing pre-conversion sins that were not apparently bad enough to preclude his being appointed an executive pastor to begin with but that were bad enough he opted to resign rather than have them made public.

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2015/04/some-observations-about-when-to-quit.html
SAYS THREATENED WITH LEGAL ACTION IF HE DISCLOSED GLOBAL NUMBERS
Turner has also indicated he was going to explain the Mars Hill Global situation and give numbers but former (or current) attorneys associated with Mars Hill asked him not to, and Turner at one point indicated he was threatened with potential legal action from the unidentified attorneys
http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2015/04/turner-explains-that-he-was-going-to.html

Turner may have been threatened by present or former MH attorneys of some sort but it's tough to be clear what the details are. 

Should the people to whom Turner reached out are able and willing to clear up in a comment for the record that Turner has contacted them and made some things right they are, of course, welcome to visit Wenatchee The Hatchet with a comment.  Turner is saying more and clearing things up more than others, to b esure, and compared to the other executives that's at leas tsomething, but the sheer scale of the vocational destruction that happened to people who got fired or laid off during the last six years of Mars Hill isn't a small matter. 

1 comment:

Van Rue said...

An excellent and well written analysis.