A 20 Year Tradition – The McLean Bible Turkey Outreach is Canceled

The final McLean Bible Turkey Outreach was held in 2018. For 2019 McLean Bible canceled the program. This was expected and this blog asked the question back in 2017. When a church is theologically hijacked resources and programs are cannibalized by Calvinists and go into other efforts such as church planting, etc… The Washington, D.C. area lost one of its most well known evangelical outreaches. 

“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”

Victor Hugo 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:4-5 NIV

McLean Bible Turkey Outreach in 2017

As McLean Bible was theologically hijacked there was one question that remained on my mind. What programs will be sacrificed and let go especially when you consider the Neo-Calvinist modus operandi? In 2017 this blog asked the question if the annual turkey outreach-which has been a 20 year tradition –  in the Washington, D.C. area was the last one. You can read that post in, “After Being Theologically Hijacked Will the 2017 Turkey Outreach at McLean Bible Become the Final One?” It turns out that this blog is ahead of the curve and saw this coming. 


McLean Bible Turkey Outreach in 2018

The last McLean Bible Turkey Outreach was held on November 17, 2018. In 2018 hundreds of people worked on Saturday November 17. Usually the Turkey Outreach provides food for up to 65,000 families. This event, hands down has to be one of the most well known events in the Washington, D.C. community. You can see the sign up and page advertising it here. The logistics for the event were amazing as it involved 41 staging areas across the D.C. area. 


A 20 Year Tradition at McLean Bible has Been Canceled 

In studying documents, calendars and more that I picked up the last time I attended McLean Bible I was beginning to notice something back in October. The annual Turkey Outreach that McLean Bible always held was not on the calendar. Before writing this post I reached out to a deep source inside McLean Bible and inquired as to what happened with the Turkey Outreach? This blog was told that it was canceled. It didn’t take very long for a church that was theologically hijacked to begin to cancel programs and projects and divert the money elsewhere. This blog has a number of questions and I would like to leave them here for people who have more knowledge to answer. 

  1. Who canceled the Turkey Outreach?
  2. When was the decision made to cancel the Turkey Outreach? 
  3. Where did the money that was usually budgeted for the event go? Was it diverted into New City Church Planting or buying like a new laser light show for McLean Bible’ stage? 
  4. Have people protested or inquired about this and how has McLean Bible handled those questions? 

If anyone has more knowledge about this situation, this blog would like to dig deeper into this sad situation. Who knows? Since McLean Bible had an alleged sexual predator who may have molested or groomed up to 25 kids in The Rock Ministries, at the very least maybe McLean Bible can invest the money in security software, or training their staff. 


2 thoughts on “A 20 Year Tradition – The McLean Bible Turkey Outreach is Canceled

  1. Thank you so much for writing this I had attendede mclean Bible
    For many years and thought this was a wonderful church reaching out to everyone but I started noticing changes slowly but surely. Where did the classes go for new believers, why are we talking so much about planting churches overseas, why is the music so loud and the lights like a concert. Why are they encouraging people to go to the satellite churches instead of the main campus, they are failing the congregation in so many ways. When I heard there was no turkey outreach this year. That was the end for me. Out the door looking at other churches currently thinking i may make cornerstone chapel home. I
    Am truly sad for what has become of this church. I wonder if Lin has been there since he left. I think of how many people probably counted on those thanksgiving meals given by mclean. I notice they are having a drive through light show, but no turkey outreach


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