EFCA suspends Harvest Bible Church amid scandal; former members demand donations be returned

By The Christian Post

Pastor James MacDonald preaches at Harvest Bible Chapel. | Photo: Harvest Bible Chapel Facebook

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has suspended Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Church following the firing of its longtime pastor James MacDonald and amid ongoing revelations that the ministry had misappropriated funds.

In a statement from EFCA President Dan Busby Friday, the ministry watchdog group said the board of directors was suspending HBC's membership as of March 14.

"On November 28, 2018, ECFA opened a formal investigation of Harvest Bible Chapel to review their compliance of ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. During a site visit to the church in December, we thoroughly examined the information made available to us and believed the church was in compliance with our standards," Busby said.

Source:The Christian Post