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Linda
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« on: October 08, 2019, 11:00:45 am »

On occasion over the past few months, I have been viewing the "GCC Mountains West Region" facebook page.

About a month ago, I noticed that they had removed the words "Great Commission Churches" from the header.

Previously, it said: Mountains West Region and under that Great Commission Churches.

A month ago it just said, "Mountains West Region".

Now, when you go to that web address, you will find no mention of Mountains West Region, instead you find the page has morphed into M28 Alliance.

https://www.mwrgc.org

It is interesting to note that the Stillwater, OK church (Rick Whitney's church) is not listed as an M28 Alliance church even though they claim membership on the church web page.

https://vintagefaithstillwater.com/about-us/who-we-are

It is also interesting to note that Rick Whitney is still listed as a board member of GCC.

http://gccweb.org/about/gcc-board/

One more bit of interest is that Vintage Faith in OK is no longer listed as a GCC church.

http://gccweb.org/about/find-a-church/





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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2019, 01:04:20 pm »

Stillwater church (Oklahoma) now listed on the M28 Alliance site.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2019, 02:08:20 pm »

I just noticed that minutes ago and was going to come on and post about it. You beat me to it! Smiley

They must still be reading the forum! Ha! Wink

Whitney is still listed on the GCC board, however. It's all so odd.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 01:48:20 pm »

FYI:

On the GCC web page under board, Rick Whitney is listed as "emeritus":

http://gccweb.org/about/gcc-board/

"Rick and Neva have been married 42 years and are helping support a Vintage Faith Church plant, at Oklahoma State University. They have raised seven children and now have 19 grandchildren (and counting) – who are all involved in Great Commission churches in Salt Lake City, UT, Lincoln and Omaha, NE, Manhattan and Wichita, KS, and Stillwater, OK. Rick serves the GC Plains region and at the national level within GCC. He also writes a little bit."

This blurb is deceptive because it refers to Rick's children being involved in GCC churches and lists states. There are currently NO GCC churches in Utah or Stillwater, OK. Those churches are now M28 churches.

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 02:12:36 pm »

Also, I see Bovenmyer is off the board.

Interesting that it refers to him as pastoring in Iowa, but does not list him as being a GCC pastor.

"Dave Bovenmyer - Board Member Emeritus

Dave Bovenmyer has been a pastor since 1974, serving in Ames, Iowa, East Lansing, Michigan, and Silver Spring, Maryland. He has served as editor of several of the association's publications and has helped to write many of the Great Commission Leadership Institute articles. In the late 1980s, Dave served as the initial executive director of Great Commission Ministries. He has been married to Dawn since 1975 and is the father of seven children. He currently pastors in Ames, Iowa with a ministry emphasis in counseling and theological training."

Also of interest is the fact that the newly formed "Lift Network" lists Campus Fellowship as part of the network and Campus Fellowship is part of Stonebrook Church (Bovenmyer's church) in Ames.

 https://isu.campusfellowship.com

This seems peculiar since Lift Network has yet to identify leaders or specific churches, although it does have Lift Network cities shown on the map and Ames is one of them.

One more piece to the puzzle. The Lift Network web page is done by Mere. Mere's founder is Matt Heerema.

https://mereagency.com/about-us/

Matt Heerema (along with Dave Bovenmyer) are listed as pastors of Stonebrook.

https://www.stonebrook.org/group/pastors/

The plot thickens...
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 09:10:30 am »

The photo Lift Network chose. Whoa! Someone just pointed that out to me.

Is that supposed to be the pastor (who was appointed by a pastor who was appointed by a pastor who was appointed by a pastor who was appointed by McCotter) in the front, doing no work, but barking out orders to the crew who is rowing on his command? What a horrible (non-Christian) image! But I think that's what they truly believe.

https://liftchurches.com/about/mission-and-vision/

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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 09:16:34 am »

And, in case you didn't know what this picture represents, here is a description of a rowing crew.

"When it comes to deciding a crew member’s place in a rowing team, there are two types of positions that the athlete may take. One is that of a rower, of which there can be several on a large team. The rowers sit with their backs to the bow, or front section of the boat, and they provide the propulsion via their use of the boat’s oars. In a crew of eight, the rowers are further split into technical-class rowers at the bow, who keep the boat stable and balanced, the powerhouse class of rowers in the middle, who provide most of the strength and power, and the stern or stroke-class rowers, who set the timing of the team’s rowing actions. The head of the boat is the other major position, known as the coxswain. The coxswain, or cox, has the responsibility of steering, motivating, and otherwise communicating with the team and leading them during the race. The coxswain sits at the stern end and faces the rowing team, though in some cases they may sit in the bow position. The seating in a rowing crew is numbered, with the bow seat being number one, and in an eight-person crew, the rower at the stern is number eight. The coxswain, usually present in any team of four or more, is not numbered."
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2020, 10:08:59 am »

The photo Lift Network chose. Whoa! Someone just pointed that out to me.

Is that supposed to be the pastor (who was appointed by a pastor who was appointed by a pastor who was appointed by a pastor who was appointed by McCotter) in the front, doing no work, but barking out orders to the crew who is rowing on his command? What a horrible (non-Christian) image! But I think that's what they truly believe.

https://liftchurches.com/about/mission-and-vision/




Yes, Linda, we saw this depiction first hand, didn’t we.  Me - in the 80’s, and you - more than 20 years later! Exploiting their members to follow their own manipulative plans, not God’s vision of his body working all together!  How destructive it has turned out to be.  This GCM Warning Forum site is full of the sad results of their anti-biblical, tyrannical leadership. I think their position at the “helm” tells a lot!  Their back is to Jesus and not their face. Ignoring his shepherding commands.  They were actually the ones in rebellion to Him - not US!

Looking at this picture brings sorrow and pain.  The very leaders you mentioned that were discipled by this evil shepherding imposter, James D. McCotter, are the same ones who seem to be leading The Lift Network of Churches. They have NEVER rebuked and condemned this brutish pretender.

What does that say about the HEALTH of the churches they lead or counsel they offer others?  


The Bible says their site and their leadership are all smoke and mirrors.  Nothing but wind and confusion.

”See, they are all a delusion; their works amount to nothing;
their images are as empty as the wind.”

Isaiah 41:29    Berean Study Bible


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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2020, 09:45:45 pm »

The Bible does not support Church leadership that turns a blind eye to spiritual abuse. In fact, those Christian leaders are defying it’s instruction (through Paul) to PUBLICALLY REBUKE that leader before the entire church. Not carrying out this vital command from God’s Word SPREADS CORRUPTION throughout the leadership in that church and brings spiritual damage to its body.  I believe the abandonment of this edict persisting long enough causes destruction to that church’s mode of operation that it is beyond repair.


“Do not entertain an accusation against an elder, except on the testimony of two or three witnesses. But those who persist in sin should be rebuked in front of everyone, so that the others will stand in fear of sin.”
1 Timothy 5:19-20


The evidence of scores of victims speaking out on this very site testifying against this leader/founder’s deplorable actions or his twisted teachings more than fulfills the Bible’s requirement for PUBLIC REBUKE. To the best of our knowledge no GCx Church [GCM, GCI, GCC, GCAC, CCN, RELIANT, LIFT NETWORK of Churches, and M28 (formerly GCx)] has ever publically rebuked their founder, Jim McCotter, for his innumerable sins (or abuses) against the members he so brutally bullied around.

I personally believe the corruption of spiritual abuse is too deep and widespread, among McCotter’s disciples and their disciples and the leaders they “trained” and appointed; to bring HEALTH back to these churches.  It would likely be most honoring to God and to his precious people if these GCx leaders stepped down from leadership and closed the doors of their churches.  I also feel it would honor God if the assets remaining in these former churches would be donated to an unaffiliated organization trustworthy and equipped to offer psychological and spiritual recovery to their victims.



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