"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Grace Grieving 31: More interesting facts about church money

2007- Carl and Robin LaBarbera become members of Grace Brethren Church. That same year Carl founds a private company called Kingdomworks Sdg Foundation in Seal Beach, at his home address. "Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of [sic] and employs a staff of 1 to 4.Although he founded it in 2007 according to www.manta.com, he has been its president since 1999 according to linkedin.com.     
Between 2007 and 2010 - Carl becomes an elder of the church.

2010 - Carl becomes an executive elder, one of the nine most powerful men in the church. 

2012 - Carl becomes Chairman of the EBOE, the person the Policy Manual calls a "specially empowered" member of the nine most powerful men in the church. 
     Is anyone besides us wondering how a man who did not even belong to this church until 2007 has risen this far in 2012, ignoring the rules of the church and dismissing people who have been members for 20, 30 and 40 years, members who have been elders themselves, even executive elders, even chairmen of the Executive Board of Elders?

     There's more. As National Chairman of the Board of The Barnabas Group, Carl "consults his home church Elder Board of Grace Church Long Beach. . ." 
     And according to what Carl told a member of a Grace Life Group held in their home last year, he also helps invest the church's money. We don't know about you but we don't remember the membership voting to hire Carl LaBarbera to invest our money. Why would the church have someone neither elected nor approved by the members handling those transactions? What investments is he making with our money?
     Summary: Carl LaBarbera "consults" Grace, helps invest the church's money and is the "specially empowered" Chairman of the Executive Board of Elders, wielding that power freely to make arbitrary and unilateral decisions for the church. Does anyone else see a possible conflict of interest here? 

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