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IHOPKC admits to 'likely mishandling' of past misconduct claims

by Heather Preston

The International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) – which runs 24/7 prayer from its Kansas City site, has stated that some previous reports of misconduct "were likely not handled properly," and has committed to reform its policies and structures.

Speaking to the IHOPKC church on Sunday, spokesperson Eric Volz told the congregation the church's review of past misconduct reports showed "a few" incident cases were "likely mishandled" and that most of them happened "under the watch of leaders who are no longer here".

The announcement follows the recent resignation of IHOPKC leaders Stuart Greaves and David Sliker. According to The Roys Report, IHOPKC leaders have stated that the reference to past leaders' mishandling reports was not in relation to Greaves or Sliker.

The movement's founder, Mike Bickle, was accused of sexual misconduct by a group of former IHOP leaders last year. Bickle has since admitted to some "moral failures" but denied "more intense" sexual allegations.

In December, IHOPKC announced it had cut all ties with Bickle after it found allegations of sexual misconduct against him to be true, following an independent investigation.

On Sunday, Volz' stated that the Lathrop Group planned to "independently and directly" release the findings of its report to the public and that IHOPKC had promised to "implement any and all policy changes, procedures and cultural changes to ensure that IHOPKC does not travel down this difficult road again".

Volz has also appealed to alleged victims to contribute to the investigation to ensure the truth is uncovered.



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