Q. What happened?
A. On Thursday, May 20, Pastor Tim Armstrong (Senior Pastor) asked for the resignation of Pastor Mike Castelli (Campus Pastor, Green). When Pastor Mike declined, Pastor Tim ended Pastor Mike’s employment at The Chapel. Although further details surrounding the specifics of Pastor Mike's termination are not immediately available, we can unequivocally state that there has been no impropriety of a legal, financial, or sexual nature.
On Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22, the Chairman of The Chapel's Board of Trustees called a committee to conduct an inquiry into the events that transpired, in accordance with Constitution Policy C-19. (This policy can be reviewed in its entirety at the link in the Resources section below.) At that time, the Trustees placed Pastor Tim, along with Executive Pastor Jim Mitchell, on a voluntary administrative leave. In their absence, Pastor Mike was reinstated and also placed on administrative leave while the inquiry runs its course.
Q. What’s going on now?
A. In late May, the Constitution Committee engaged the services of The Center Consulting Group, an independent, third-party firm that assisted The Chapel in the fact-finding measures necessary to bring about resolution to our present situation. Their work of interviewing and gathering data began in early June, consisting of many one-on-one interviews, a broad analysis of our staff team, and more.
The Center delivered their comprehensive findings to the Committee in a formal presentation in early July, along with a number of recommendations for the Committee to consider. Now, the Constitution Committee begins the critical work of making wise decisions in light of this information.
Q. How long will this process take?
A. We remain optimistic that our present inquiry will come to a close within 90 days of May 21. The Committee remains steadfast in the desire for an expedient and effective process for the church, and it is our goal to keep you informed throughout.
Q. What will happen after the fact-finding process?
A. The fact-finding phase has come to an end. Now, the Constitution Committee will continue the work of discerning a wise course of action, intending to reach decisions within 30 days.
Q. What should I do now?
A. Pray. Cover our church, our pastors, our staff, our trustees, and their families in prayer. And then, submit yourself fully to the Lord and acknowledge His sovereignty, in this and in all things. Allow your trust in Him to be unwavering, because it is in trust that we can rest.
Q. Can I send notes of encouragement to the pastors or other staff members?
A. Absolutely. Connect with any staff member or volunteer on Sunday mornings to hand off cards for pastors, staff, trustees, and their families, and we’ll deliver them appropriately.
Q. How do I get updates?
A. We will no longer send all-church emails in reference to this situation, and will instead post all new updates from our trustees, Constitution Committee, and church leaders here. Check this page regularly for new information.
In the early stages of this crisis, all-church emails were sent periodically by our trustee board with updates for our entire congregation. Moving forward, in an effort to avoid overwhelming your inbox, we will skip this step and immediately post new information here, as soon as it becomes available.
As stated in our July 10 update, our Constitution Committee and Board of Trustees anticipate spending several weeks in the decision-making phase of this inquiry, and will not have new information to share until this phase comes to a close. We look forward to communicating our next update to you at the close of this phase, in keeping with the 30-day timeline previously given.
To view our earlier communications, tap any button below.
As a church body, we are committed to walking through this process with honesty, integrity, and transparency. Tap the buttons below for other helpful resources, including a directory of our trustee board members and a copy of our church constitution, or to contact our church staff with specific questions.