“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!” J. R. R. Tolkien link
I believe that James MacDonald and HBC should never have sued the thoughtful people at the Elephant’s Debt and their wives and Julie Roys. This action appears to have caused a number of folks to take a hard look at the ministry.
I’m currently cooking up a storm for tomorrow. My adult children want handmade pierogis and other Russian dishes (My dad was part of a Russian immigrant family.) along with the turkey and ham. So, this post is going to be short.
Non disclosure agreement
I believe that the following is the NDA used by HBC. It was sent to me by a person who shall remain anonymous. If I’m in error, please notify me. As a nurse, I’m well aware of HIPPA regulations. These essentially mean that a health care professional will not discuss the name of the person they are treating nor share any other information regarding their treatment. In fact, I believe The Gospel Coalition erred when they posted the reflections of a nurse who cared for a mass murderer.
In churches, people expect to be able to confidentially meet with the pastoral staff. Those discussions are covered under pastoral privilege. No one who works for a church should ever blab about someone seeking counsel. So, for this instance, an NDA is appropriate.
However, should a church coerce a person to keep their mouth shut when they leave their job when it comes to observations about how the pastors and church do business? That raises a red flag for me but maybe I’m wrong. It seems to me this agreement might be misused to *keep secrets* about non-criminal misconduct. I say non-criminal since everyone should report criminal behavior, right?
Pastor James MacDonald and family salaries?
Wondering Eagle has posted some alleged salaries of the family while also mentioning something called a black budget. He claims that these alleged salaries are from 2015 and were given to him by a private source. Can anyone confirm this information with documentation? Also, can anyone confirm the existence of an alleged black budget? A black budget is usually thought of as a secret fund for secret expenses. Do churches routinely keep black budgets?
- James MacDonald made $400K to $600K. In addition there was a travel and entertainment budget for James MacDonald that was $80K to $100K.
- Luke MacDonald made $200K and was on the XLT
- Landon MacDonald made $100K. The reason why Landon’s salary and Luke’s were different is because Luke was not on the XLT team yet. At the time he was the youth pastor.
- Abby MacDonald made $60K part time and worked only two days a week. I believe Abby worked in HR at Harvest Bible Chapel.
- Kathy MacDonald is James MacDonald’s wife. Kathy worked in a part time capacity and made $100K
So over the timespan of the 2015 timeframe the MacDonald clan made over a $1,000,000.
Former member of HBC’s security team makes a “Statement on HBC” calling for the resignation of James MacDonald.
Now this is putting your money where your mouth is. I appreciates his willingness to speak out.
James MacDonald and HBC: Please drop the lawsuit!