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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:
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 took in some $8 million.
One of the most significant resignations from the institute was that of Samuel J. Schultz, who has been on the board since the beginning of IBYC. In carefully measured words, Schultz announced his resignation by saying, ...