Leadership Updates

August 3, 2021

Dear CFC Family,

Thank you for your continued prayers for CFC and our mission to reach people for Christ. We wanted to let you know that two articles were published yesterday and today concerning our church.  We are committed to keeping you informed and wanted to be sure you saw them.  

The following is an email that we sent to Sarah An and Esther Kang from NPR WBEZ on June 26, 2021 upon a request for an interview, as well as to Rebecca Hopkins from Roy's Report on July 19, 2021.

“Thank you for reaching out to us and for your interest in wanting to understand the story from our perspective and where our church is headed. As we stated at our church update on our website (leadership-updates-0605), there are several steps that we are taking, including a full investigation by an independent third party group for abuse. Until that investigation is concluded, we will not be providing any interviews. For the time being, we would like to offer the following statement in place of an in person interview.
Over the course of the past few years, the leadership of Covenant Fellowship Church has sought to investigate claims of abuse regarding our founding pastor. One was a claim from many years ago of inappropriate touch with an adult woman. We acknowledge that this was wrong. Long ago she had extended her forgiveness to this pastor for his behavior.
However, there have also been a number of accusations of abuse of power and harsh treatment towards others that continued to surface regarding this same pastor.  After our preliminary investigation of this event, we determined that due to the trust that had been damaged and the pain that had been caused, we as the oversight board voted unanimously on May 27, 2021 to completely separate our church from Pastor Min. Over the past two years the leadership of CFC has sought counsel and had a group from the denomination with which our pastors are affiliated conduct their own investigation. We have recently determined that in order to work towards rebuilding trust and create a healthier culture that better reflects Jesus, to hire an outside group that specializes in such investigations. Over the coming months this organization will both investigate as well as provide us with recommendations.
As the leaders of CFC, we are deeply grieved and saddened by the pain that people may have experienced through the ministry of CFC. We desire nothing more than to be compassionate Christians and a compassionate church yet we know that we have not lived up to this mission. It is our desire to humbly listen, learn and grow so that we can be a healthier church moving forward, a church that changes lives and the world with the Gospel of Jesus.
We would also like to refer you to our church updates at cfchome.org/leadership-updates where we have recently laid out some steps that we have taken, and as well as some plans we have for the future.”

Please know that it is our intent to provide a complete report of the finding of the Center Consulting Group and GRACE Ministries when they are finished with their investigation and we would ask anyone who has experienced what was shared in this article to contact the legal authorities right away.  As we shared in our communication, we are committed to be a church that honors Christ and we will not tolerate any type of abuse.  

We are grateful for your commitment to the Lord and to His church. Thank you for your patience and your prayers.

Sola Gratia,

CFC Oversight Board