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Controlling the Flow of Information

Controlling information is a process fraught with dangers, but it is vitally important to a ministry characterized by wisdom and integrity.
— Jack Hayford

When should a pastor keep a confidence, even at great personal cost to himself or his church?

Several years ago we entered into a purchase agreement to buy a church building and property that also happened to house a private school. The purchase agreement specified that we would assume operation of the school and pledge to keep it open for at least a year and a half, giving the faculty and administration ample time to relocate. We were hoping to begin a school ourselves at some future date, so the agreement appeared to work to everyone's benefit.

The agreement stipulated that once we began making deposits to an escrow account, we were legally and financially in charge of the school's operations. All was going smoothly when disaster struck.

Routine inspections that had accompanied the standard closing procedures revealed a significant amount ...

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