Recently I received an email from a member inside Community Evangelical Free Church. After discussing this with my sources I was encouraged to publish this email. This post also includes the Youtube video of the new building going up at CEFC.
“For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.”
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.
Matthew 20:26 ESV
In the Lion’s Den! One of the many pictures I took in January 2016 of Community Evangelical Free Church in Elverson
CEFC New Building Time Lapse
Before Community’s congregation meeting I wrote a post saying what members should ask, and what I would be asking. At this blog I put out a call for information and recently someone from the inside emailed me their thoughts and feelings on both the membership meeting and the church leadership. This is going to be a stand alone post as I am not going to comment or write anything on the email. After discussing this I was encouraged to publish this note. I hope you guys have a good day, and know that I love you!
The membership meeting was quite interesting – Chairman of the elder board Mike Rudolf read a totally arrogant, pathetic, self pitying letter that made me cry for the membership.
Here he was, the self-anointed master of the church, dispenser of grace, absolute leader of the totally lost idiots who are members, and someone indicated that his actions might not have been perfectly ordained by God himself.
His view is that the sheep need to be reminded that the LEADERSHIP (especially his) of the church is all that matters.
Elder Mike Culbert is another interesting person to pass judgment – about half of the time I talk to him he complains about money – his wife asked the church to pray for their finances. Mike is a teacher in a rich school system – he makes about 80,000 a year, and his wife works for the school also, and makes about 40,000 per year. That is well over double the Berks County’s average of 54,000. They have awesome health benefits, and phenomenal retirement benefits, and unbelievable job security. Merle and Dave Stoltzfus were very bright in putting a dupe like him on the finance committee – multi million dollar no-bid, no competition contracts, here we come!
For an example of how this elder board looks at women, a while back Pastor Steve Estes said that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, went to the local Twin Valley High School (Mark went to Philips Exeter Academy). When the only African-American woman member of the church (who works at Twin Valley School District) tried to get that statement corrected, Pastor Steve shouted her down pretty aggressively – he was not going to be corrected by a black woman.
The Church’s bylaws state that no elders can also be employees of the church. Henchman William Richard Renninger was an adjunct professor at a local college, (earning less that 20,000 dollars a year) (good thing his wife holds a legitimate job), so the church funnels a bunch of money to him by laundering it through a small scale ministry, Equipping Leaders International. This ministry is run out of a spare bedroom, but somehow manages to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on administrative expenses, and a similar amount of money on board compensation.