At 2:30 this afternoon, on 19 January 2019, Dallas Jenkins took to Facebook again. As you will recall, Dallas was employed by Harvest for five to six years; and in his final two years he served on the Executive Leadership Team (XLT). Given his status as the son of Jerry Jenkins (of Left Behind Fame) and his status as a filmmaker, it can be argued that Dallas was the second most visible member of the Harvest Bible Chapel leadership team. His statement from earlier today reads as follows:
Since I made my statement the other day, many people have told me I didn’t go far enough, that I was naive in supporting Harvest’s efforts to bring about restoration and health. But things take time. You need to understand that even for me, it took a couple of years to realize the depth of the problem at Harvest and with James; especially when it’s in the midst of great things that happen at Harvest. And then after I realized it, it took me almost a year of trying to confront it, trying to change it, trying every possible means of working from the inside so as to prevent some sort of public disaster from bringing down the entire church along with James. In 2017, I was in a meeting where the Executive Committee of Elders attempted to prescribe a health and therapy plan for James after a series of outbursts that had done major damage. He refused their requests, told them, “I don’t trust you,” and installed himself onto the Executive Committee. It requires a unanimous vote by the Executive Committee to remove the Pastor. I resigned the next day. Here’s the point…I’ve spoken to several pastors and elders today who are stepping up. These are good men who I trust deeply, and they’re seeing what’s necessary. But massive change takes time. It took many of us time to see it, then more time to act. There’s a lot to wade through and figure out, and a lot of powerful walls to break down. The response of “Everyone must go! All or nothing, now or never!” not only isn’t realistic, it’s not healthy if we want to see Harvest survive. Let’s give the broader elder board (the group of elders outside the Executive Committee), some of the leaders, and of course, the congregants, a chance to try to keep their church alive.