This article originally ran in the February 6, 1981 issue of Christianity Today.
Three more key members of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts (IBYC) have left the organization in disagreement with Gothard's handling of moral and financial questions that have publicly engulfed the institute since last summer.
There were also these developments:
- A long-time member of the board, who resigned in 1977, was reelected in November, only to find out in December that his reelection was ruled invalid. He believes the reasons are connected to the current troubles.
- A group of field representatives who work for the institute are signing form letters that demand answers to five broad questions that have arisen from the turmoil.
- Gothard has agreed to an independent audit of institute finances by the firm of Price Waterhouse and Company, a move many disaffected employees have been asking for. How extensive the audit will be is not yet known, however, nor is it known whether it will be available to the employees who have been asking the questions.
In short, although thousands of "alumni" and friends of the institute have been pleading and praying that the troublesome disclosures would cease so the seminars can continue untarnished, it is the present and former staff members themselves who are demanding answers to dozens of questions about how the large sums of institute money are spent. Gothard shuns publicity and so far has said very little publicly about the problems.
The institute holds weeklong seminars that are composed of 32 hours of lectures by Gothard, whose biblical principles on handling of problems have been helpful to many. His seminars regularly draw 5,000 to 10,000 people at a cost of $45 per person. Last year the institute ...1