2006

  • “We were informed by the Santiago, Chile Church leadership that they no longer wanted our discipling. They did not want to be a part of our new movement, calling our new movement “sinfully divisive” in starting “new churches” and fearing the loss of relationships in the ICOC.”
  • This article also officially seems to begin McKean’s new movement.
  • ….”McKean never acknowledged God’s discipline through the brothers’ statement. ….The message remains the same:  churches not aligned with him are dead and not right with God.  Though he acknowledges there are faithful disciples in other churches, according to his own words, to be in a true church you must leave your church and come be with Kip’s new fellowship of churches of only “sold-out” disciples.  Seasoned leaderships from around the world, including commended brothers who have known Kip for decades have condemned these simplistic and condescending judgments regarding our family of churches.”….
  • This brother is Kip McKean. It profoundly saddens me that we have come to this moment in time. I love and appreciate all that Kip has done for me and many of our churches. He is a man of great vision and zeal, but I couldn’t disagree with him more adamantly. I believe all we need now is faith and victorious examples to inspire one another. (That is why I’m so proud of the Greater Baltimore Church . God has blessed our faith with inspiring progress .We have witnessed dozens of baptisms and restorations and a rapidly growing attendance and contribution.)
  • I have been one of Kip’s closest friends for more than 25 years and I have tried hard in the last year to avert this parting of the ways. Doug Lambert and I visited Portland in May of this year to call the leadership to repent of critical and condescending remarks that were constantly being made about Churches and Christians in other places. I even went so far as to offer help in editing the Portland bulletin in an attempt to minimize these offensive comments and characterizations. Though some changes were made and Kip apologized publicly and privately, the reconciliation I had hoped for as well as the consistent change in message from Portland has not occurred.  Tragically, in recent months it has become clear that these efforts were cosmetic in nature. The underlying conviction that Kip and the Portland leadership maintain is that our fellowship is collectively beyond hope and can best be used for ‘spare parts’ to be build a whole new “movement”.
  • November 5, 2006 – Article Partners in the Gospel Part 2
  • “A few weeks ago, a dear friend felt compelled to write me and in an effort to be constructively critical, offered the formula “Kip + a few disgruntled people = new church.” I admit there is truth in this charge. Many brothers and sisters unhappy with their congregations are asking me and others associated with me to help them start new churches. I see this as an improvement over staying in an existing church and being disgruntled or falling away from God. This was exactly the position I took in 1982 when we began sending men and women around the world planting new churches. Most had been converted or grafted in from churches from which they had become unhappy. So I have to agree and even advertise that if you are unhappy with where you are and cannot resolve things, come with us. We are baptizing the lost and creating a new fellowship of Christians excited about sharing their faith. If you are happy (spiritually fulfilled and your conscience is clear) in the congregation where you are now, you should stay there; seek and save the lost from that part of the Kingdom. But if you are not happy, and cannot “get happy,” perhaps you should consider joining us as we passionately strive to obey Jesus’ Great Commission to go to all nations. “
  • October 31, 2006 – The Bay Area Christian Church (formerly the San Francisco ICOC) emailed their congregation about an email being sent to its members inviting them to join a new church being planted with support from the Portland church.
  • “The support that these 3 people have received from the Portland Church of Christ is not unusual.  The Portland Church of Christ has decided that anyone who does not join them in building their “new movement” is “lukewarm”.  We confirmed their support of anyone who wants to plant a church anywhere with one of their evangelists today.   This is unfortunate since we have been one of the only churches in the world who have not publicly condemned them even though we don’t agree with them.  The only reason we are putting this information on record is because of these mass emails. “
  • “As the leadership of the Salt Lake Christian Church we firmly believe God has placed us in a position as a bridge between the two sides of this argument. And it is to this end that we will continue to work. When asked to sign the unity proposal we declined, not because we thought it was a bad concept, but because we value our relationship with the Portland family of Churches and do not wish to restrict or damage our relationships. To that same end we cannot condone the conduct of the Portland Family of Churches and their split from the rest of our family. While included as part of their family, on paper, and while we will do all that we can to support them in their faith, we are disappointed that our church was included in a list of churches that are forming their own movement. We do not want to be included on any list that brings division not unity.”
  • “Because of these unrepentant deceitful and divisive actions, and after careful consideration, we are publicly marking Kip McKean, the force behind these efforts, Sal Valasco, the local leader of this faction, and whoever else promotes this action with them.”
  • October 15, 2006 – Article – “Partners In The Gospel”
  • “For these reasons, after several agonizing days of prayer as well as counsel from the Portland elders and evangelists, my decision at this juncture is to start over with whoever is willing to help in building a worldwide movement for baptizing lost souls. …. if one has a conviction that you should never start a new church, then he or she should attend the Roman Catholic Church as it is the most direct link to the first century church. But we believe many ICOC congregations have drifted in “life and doctrine” to such an extent that it is time for a revolution of starting new churches composed of only sold-out disciples.”
  • Jun 11, 2006 – Article – A Heartfelt Apology – McKean 
  • “I am so sorry to everyone who is striving to be a dedicated disciple of Jesus. Please forgive my arrogance and disrespect in the Portland Bulletin articles and in my Sunday sermons, which are online. I do believe there are church leaderships around the world that are trying very hard to restore the lordship of Christ and discipling.”
  • “A phone call from Chris Broom of Syracuse, New York and an announcement on the web made us aware that Kip McKean and the Portland International Church of Christ in conjunction with the Central New York Church of Christ in Syracuse is preparing to plant a church in Chicago. Some of our members have been encouraged to leave our fellowship to join in this effort. While we gladly welcome any disciple of Jesus who is committed to reaching the Chicago area for Christ, we feel strongly that this action is divisive. Divisiveness destroys unity, hurts the faith of individual Christians and harms God’s kingdom. The divisive tactics being used by this group are more evidence of the continued sin that has been addressed in the past. We denounce the division caused by the actions of this group just as Paul did in Romans 16:17-19 and Titus 3:9-11.”

February 22, 2006 – A new article gives a “behind-the-scenes” account as to how Kip came to the Portland church.