2008

  • August 31, 2008 – Article – Clearing Up the Confusion – McKean 
  • “Recently, Steve Johnson and the remaining elders in Portland, Oregon, stated their autonomy and desire to, “Have no man as a leader over them.” Sadly, with these decisions, they have separated themselves from the Sold-out Discipling Movement. Yet, we wish them well. Two months ago, with this decision seemingly eminent, Tony Untalan, one of the two original elders of Portland, and Michael Williamson, a regional leader for years in Portland, moved their families and encouraged other Portland disciples to move to any of the churches in the new movement! Out of this confusion, a small remnant group was formed in Portland. It is overseen by Jeremy Ciaramella of Eugene, Oregon, and is called the Portland International Christian Church.”
  • August 29, 2008 – Article on ICOCHotNewsPortland ICC church breaks away from Kip McKean and the Soldout Discipling Movement.
  • “The Portland leadership maintains a conviction that local congregations should be open to outside influence but ultimately the final decision making authority rests in the hands of the local leadership. They also insisted on extending the right hand of fellowship to anyone that they considered a brother or sister in Christ not just those in the “New Movement.” These positions were unacceptable to Kip and on August 3, 2008 he announced to his closest advisors that he had decided to “Call out a Remnant” from the Portland church and that all those who have relationships with brothers or sisters in Portland should begin calling to encourage them to leave the church immediately and move to a church in the “New Movement.” This past Sunday an evangelist from another city in Oregon came to Portland and announced that he was in charge of the new “Sold Out” congregation in Portland. ” Doug Arthur, Pray for Peace in Portland, Boston Church of Christ
  • August 10, 2008 – Sermon – Think on These Things from Steve Johnson in the Portland ICC church addressing some of the rumors about a possible split from the Sold-Out Discipling Movement
  • August 9, 2008 – MERCY Worldwide is born at the 2008 World Missions Jubilee of the ICC movement.   There also was a central leadership group announced.

“Notably, atthe 2008 World Missions Jubilee, a central leadership for the new movement was announced: Nick and Denise Bordieri, Chris and Theresa Broom, DJ and Kacie Comisford, Andrew and Patrique Smellie, Matt and Helen Sullivan, Tony and Therese Untalan, and Elena and me.” (A year later, Michael and Sharon Kirchner were added to the CLC as the administrative couple for the movement.)