The sources emphasized that movement between the levels and organizations could be very fluid—a person might be commissioned to a soul ministry, then shortly thereafter move to a body ministry.
And Donald Tinder, dean of Olivet Theological College and Seminary, told CT that many of the employees have no connection to Jang or to Olivet. "IBTimes doesn't just hire Christians for its staff," he said. "They want it to be clear that they're not officially connected with [the Olivet network]; it's an informal kind of thing."
Still, IBTimes is more connected to Olivet than IBT executives are suggesting.
When Buzzfeed's Peter Lauria noted CT's earlier reporting on Jang and IBT, co-owners Uzac and Davis "conceded that they had a working relationship with Olivet University, which was founded by Jang."
The relationship involves such things are placing students in internships, using the school's servers, and getting design assistance. "That's as far as it goes," said Davis, who likened the arrangement to how Stanford funnels students to Silicon Valley companies like Google."
Uzac said he has been to Olivet several times and has met and knows Jang. He added that IBT has had a "great working relationship with" Olivet so far and would continue to explore opportunities with the University just as it would with other organizations.
Lauria's report does not note that Davis is married to Olivet president Tracy McBeal Davis, that Davis formerly served as former director of journalism at Olivet, and that Olivet's website had listed Uzac as its treasurer.
Note: Reporting for this article is drawn from the reporting Ken Smith and I did last year. Readers may be interested in followup posts Smith reported and wrote after our CT articles appeared.