IHOPKC Investigation of Misconduct Reports Continue

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Abby Trivett

In a new update to the International House of Prayer Kansas City community, Eric Volz, managing director of the David House Agency, reported that General Fuller, the new executive director of IHOPKC, is currently reviewing the history of misconduct at IHOPKC.

“That review is far from over, but so far, we can say that for an organization this size with 25 years of operating history, over 20,000 staff who’ve served here, statistically speaking the number of known incidents is actually quite low. At the same time, we can confidently say that a few of those reported incidents, likely, were not handled properly. From what we can tell, most of those incidents happened under the watch of leaders who are no longer here, but that doesn’t change IHOPKC’s responsibility to thoroughly examine and address each case,” Volz said.

Volz discussed that some of the cases being examined are “clear-cut” while others are not. He said that lines between these two should not be blurred as more time is needed to continue investigating each incident.

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“Regardless, on behalf of IHOPKC, I want to apologize in advance to anyone who has experienced harm here, or whose reports were not handled properly,” Volz said.

In regards to the specific investigation of Mike Bickle, Volz reported that IHOPKC is still working to reach an agreement with the advocate group.

“IHOPKC has also confirmed that a final report will be released directly from the investigator,” Volz confirmed. This means the ministry will not be able to edit any information before it is released.

According to Volz, the private investigator has interviewed those who claim to have information about the allegations against Bickle.

“Though we don’t know the details, we know that the investigator has conducted numerous interviews with individuals who claim to have information related to the allegations against Mike Bickle,” Volz said. “But we also know she has not been permitted to speak to any of the alleged victims of members of the advocate group. And as a result, IHOPKC still has not been able to verify the allegations that were presented by the advocate group last October.”

According to Volz, the advocate group currently does not feel comfortable with their approach, but IHOPKC is hopeful for an agreement to be reached.

This update comes after David Sliker stepped down as president of IHOPU and IHOPKC’s executive leadership team just a couple of weeks ago. Executive director Stuart Greaves also stepped away from the ministry’s board of directors. On December 22, the International House of Prayer Kansas City made the decision to “formally and permanently” separate from Mike Bickle.

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