In the Wake of Dark Scandals in Evangelicalism the EFCA’s Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller at Christ Community Talk About Accountability

Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area releases a video about accountability in light of some of the scandals that have happened in modern evangelicalism. Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller’s video is encouraging and this blog welcomes their discussion on transparency. Its good that they are getting ahead of this issue and are working on it, and for that this blog respects them for it. 

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”

Edmund Burke 

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6-8 NIV 

Tom Nelson 

The other day Christ Community Church both Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller sent out a video talking about the need for accountability and how serious they take it. Recent scandals from the Ravi Zacharias to others have led the EFCA church in the Kansas City area to talk about their efforts to hold Christ Community Church accountable. Through ongoing training, talking with HR and also seeking legal counsel they are looking for ways to be more transparent as a non-profit. You can watch the video above and see what is said. 


Kudos to Tom Nelson and Nathan Miller 

Abuse and scandal are topics no one wants to speak about. Nearly six years of blog writing have reinforced that element in my own mind. These are difficult topics to discuss and for a church to get ahead of the curve is important. What Nathan and Tom are communicating is both essential and important. Coming up with a game plan as to how to respond to challenges and problems will help mitigate the issue. By being prepared that will also help Christ Community Church react in a healthy and positive way when trouble and problems do come. Scandal and abuse I think is a part of the human condition. You strip away the theology and all the issues and abuse will still happen because of how humans operate. As long as there are humans, there will always be abuse and problems. What gets churches in trouble is when a problem happens and they try and cover it up or handle it internally. That is a recipe for disaster. By learning from other organizations like Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and their mistakes people can and will learn. This blog has a lot of respect for Christ Community Church. The feedback I have received from this organization has been positive. So with that in mind this blog hopes that Christ Community Church thrives in this area and does well. As an outsider this blog will be rooting for you to do the right thing. I don’t enjoy writing about some of these scandals and problems, and that is why I want to see Christ Community Church master this topic and do well. When the pandemic is over and its safe to travel again this blog is looking forward to traveling out to Missouri and Kansas and sitting through another service at Christ Community Church.