An external review of Arise Church—a multi-campus megachurch in New Zealand—has found “systemic” leadership failures at the church and is recommending that the board of directors resign immediately.
The review was commissioned by Arise and conducted by Pathfinding, an independent consulting group serving charitable organizations. It follows allegations of bullying and misconduct at the Pentecostal church, which first surfaced in April. Arise founding pastor, John Cameron, resigned in late May.
The report, leaked to the press, presented 92 recommended changes for the church to implement regarding 17 categories like governance, sexual harassment and assault, culture and racism, and church finances.
Pathfinding reviewed 545 submissions from current and former church members, staff, and interns. Of those submissions, 57 percent were made by females, and 325 were made by current members.
Accusations found in the report include incidents of nudity by leadership, sexual…