http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/31/2623702/mega-church-in-overland-park-faced.html Good information and lots of snarky comments from atheists in the comment section.
and copied from their website, their reply to the situation (they declined to talk to the Kansas City Star.
Now, they've had troubles before with money. This is not the first time the local paper has gotten after them. There is a lot here that I don't understand and also a lot here that demonstrates that Christian churches have to be very transparent with the money. (Being smart with it is good too, but sometimes I think transparency and integrity are more important than saving or making money smartly.)
Christians are not perfect and they will make mistakes. However, you cannot set yourself up for a fall in this type of fashion. Two more things and I'm done.
The previous problems Jerry Johnston had with money accountability: http://www.kansascity.com/2007/07/22/720120/johnstons-former-ministry-faulted.html
A fine couple of comments from the Star article.
It is unfortunate that some very good people that are on staff at First Family could possibly lose their jobs. I don't wish that on anyone in this economy. I am a member of this church and have from the beginning wished that finances weren't so secretive and that there was more oversight from the members. I think that Jerry Johnston is an excellent preacher when it comes to sermons and is well-versed in the Bible; though he is severely lacking in people skills and knowing how to keep the members the church does have. I have had much support from one minister (not Jerry) when I needed it most and I am grateful for his love, support, prayers, and concern. Jerry Johnston could take some lessons from some of his other ministers on how to be a pastor to the membership. The initiation of quarterly business meetings with an actual vote from the membership on expenditures would be a good start for this church. I have attended Baptist churches my entire life and all finances were published right down to how much the pastor made, including his housing allowance. Also, the Board of Deacons were the main control on finances for the church along with voting approval from the members. Projects seem to get announced in this church as the next "big" thing and then months go by and nothing happens. Then something new is given the hype and the previous "big" thing is never discussed. I hope the church can get it's finances in order because we need to worship and praise God, and now more than ever we need to rely on God in these terrible times. Praise the Lord, keep the faith, and God bless our Military!!!
The second thing: The only thing that is completely perfect in Christian faith is God Himself. His followers? Not so much. And those who are arguing with God and are running from Him will use God's followers imperfections as reasons to reject faith. It happens. Remember who actually convicts and saves. We are witnesses and ambassadors, not the ones who bring the power of God for forgiveness and love.
In the meantime, we--still!--need to live remembering that our witness may be the only "Bible" nonbelievers read!