Those former employees accused Yohannan of demanding absolute obedience from employees, of shunning those who disagree with him, and with misleading donors about the nature of the organization.
Erwin’s report found that most of the accusations were accurate.
Of particular concern was that Yohannan demanded “absolute obedience.”
“This complaint appears to be true and is the main source of the problem,” he wrote. “If this were to be settled, we would be almost finished with the problem.”
In another letter, written to the Diaspora, Erwin says he asked the board and GFA leaders to repent and change their ways. He also claims that he asked for permission to meet with the Diaspora.
Instead, Erwin says he was instructed to write a report that rejected the accusations and vindicated GFA’s leaders.
That report to the Diaspora said that many of the former employees’ accusations were “without foundation” and rejected any meeting with the group.
“We also feel that your demand that we gather the boards of the USA and Canada to meet with you in order to escape your threats is excessive, impractical, and counter to the commitment of our time to getting the gospel to those who have not heard,” he wrote.
Erwin has since apologized for that letter and has sought to reconcile with the Diaspora.
I apologize to you for the report that was sent to you. Some of the report I wrote with the hope that it would become true and that I was making progress in some intense mental and spiritual combat with KP. That hope was dashed. The financial part that I dismissed, I later learned was true. Please forgive me.
Concerns about GFA’s practices led MinistryWatch, a Christian watchdog group, to issue an alert to Christian donors, asking them to cease all donations to GFA. It especially warned members of Calvary Chapel churches, noting that the global network was “one of the biggest backers” of Gospel for Asia. Calvary Chapel in Auckland—which once housed GFA’s New Zealand office—also cut ties to the group.
The CBS television station in Dallas also aired an investigation into GFA’s finances and alleged mistreatment of employees in late November.
David Carroll, chief operating officer for GFA, told the station that the ministry had made mistakes but had not intentionally broken any laws. He also denied that the ministry had mistreated employees.
Carroll also downplayed the group’s expulsion from ECFA.
“Carroll said GFA was disappointed in its expulsion from the nonprofit group,” according to the report. “He added that it was for minor infractions, since corrected, like using money to buy one thing when it was designated for another.”
Carroll declined a request from CT for comment.
He toldWorld magazine that there has been no wrongdoing by GFA staff. He said the mission agency is working to improve its management practices with help from a new auditor and an outside consultant who is familiar with ECFA’s requirements.
“While it is a painful, humbling time, we do look forward and are working literally day and night as diligently as we can to get those things shored up,” Carroll told World.
He declined to tell World the names of the auditor or consultant.
Earlier this year, Carroll told CT that GFA will still withhold some details about its work.