Don McClure Speaks On His History with Potter’s Field Ministries

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  1. pstrmike says:

    Malcom Gladwell’s book “Talking to Strangers” explores this idea of people who get away with lies because those around them can’t conceive that any malice, injustice, or unethical behavior could be taking place. There is a default to believe people, particularly when we think they are our friends and colleagues.

    I can only hope that future victims of spiritual abuse will one day be taken more seriously. In spiritual abuse, the burden of proof is often staggering, accusations are moving targets that are too often easily dismissed. Those who try to expose the injustice normally pay for it the rest of their life. All I have to do is speak the name Michael Newnham in most Calvary circles that I am familiar with and my point is made. I am not alone in that experience.

  2. Em says:

    God bless Michael Newnham for placing this letter here… and He will, no doubt
    rages and the Christian walk are incompatible, not to mention lying about the character of another

  3. Bride of Christ says:

    The cankerworm is Mike Rozell. This is truly horrific – that a man of such evil and devious character could have fooled so many. His wife, knowing all that happened, helped him hide his sin and was an accomplice! I still don’t understand why these poor young Christians interns would submit to such a sick authority figure and tell no one, not even their parents, what was happening to them. They were lambs led to the slaughter. We must find out how this was able to continue for so long, so that it never, ever happens again. My two children attended Calvary Chapel churches from birth to around 15, so I know that some of their past Calvary Church friends must be among the many exploited and injured young people that were treated so horribly by these two sick wolves. I will continue to lift these young Christians up in prayer for healing and blessings. I hope they have found some measure of peace by sharing their experiences here and supporting one another. Thank you to Michael for providing them this safe space to begin their healing journey.

  4. X-man says:

    “Perhaps they thought that discipleship was tearing people down rather than building them up.”

    “Perhaps having young people work 60-70 hours a week and then work on a day off if they got one was equipping future leaders.”

    Wow, Don, really? Is that not how you tried to run things? [especially that last quote]

  5. Barbara DeFazio says:

    Let me bring some clarity, as someone who volunteered for them for seven years. Lies, deceit, cover up, all from the master manipulator leader of the cult. We were lied to about the hours they worked, about the wages they received, about EVERYTHING. And these were young beautiful Christians who wanted to serve The LORD and give of themselves. After they were there for awhile, more and more was asked from them until they were in so deep. And then the master manipulator and his team got them to confess sins and they immediately were told to mike, who used them as threats. They were all forced to sign Non disclosure agreements, and those who left were firmly reminded of what they signed. They were told that if they said ANYTHING bad about the “ ministry” they would “hunt them down, they would tell their pastors and families, and they would never do ministry again. You all need to read about cults. I am sickened as I write this because I didn’t know sooner. I loved each one of these young people. They came to our house often and we fed them and gave them a time of relaxing and fun and now o realize we gave them a safe haven. You have heard so many speak out, but I have heard many many more who are still to afraid to speak out. Want to run away and get on with their lives and never hear anything about Potters field again. And while we loved these young people whole they were hear, no one would ever say anything bad to us because they were explicitly told not to and they were threatened and afraid. When they would leave we were always told it was on good terms or lies. Even after they left the young people would not tell us the truth because of their fear. You could blame me for being there and not seeing it but I am telling you these are MASTERS of MANIPULATION. Read about cult leaders for a better understanding. If anyone wants to talk to me I’m available.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Barb!
    Barb is one of my heroes…has been in the fight for the interns from day1 and never faltered.

  7. Muff Potter says:

    A feudal lord (Rozell) with his serfs.
    Their opium was religion.

  8. Kathi says:

    So he knew about this behavior for years and never thought it was “bad enough” to do anything. Sigh…

    He brings up his granddaughter and her husband not talking about what Rozell was doing because they were ordered not to speak about it: “Because they have integrity, they kept quiet to me.” This wasn’t due to their “integrity.” It was due to the power an control by an abusive authority figure.

    He doesn’t seem to get it. It’s all very sad.

  9. Just one of His lambs says:

    I’m so glad Don M. is finally speaking up again. I am hoping that the Calvary Chapel leaders are done supporting and enabling PF and the Rozells , once and for all. I always had a bad feeling about Michael Rozell, but I kept seeing churches and their leaders fawning all over him and giving him a venue and money making opportunities. Now I understand why I felt that way and I hope that he is never again allowed to abuse others the way he has done in the past. Thank you Michael for speaking the truth and calling out these abusers!

  10. Allison Johnson says:

    I, for one, am very concerned about their re opening of Mudman. This may not be the venue for this concern, but then what is? Unknowing people will make them solvent again if something is not done to stop them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    WHO ARE THESE BOARD MEMBERS???

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