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REPORT, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS of the Informal Council of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America ‘Wednesday, December 13, 2000 to Saturday, December 16, 2000 ‘The following are the conclusions and recommendations of the Informal Council of ARBCA which have been agreed to and adopted by the Elders of the Miller Valley Baptist Church of Prescott, Arizona and by Thomas Chantry, former Pastor of the Miller Valley Baptist Church. These recommendations are made with the express hope and understanding that the parties to these recommendations will from this date forward ‘mutually support each other in prayer and refrain from any further strife, gossip or contention regarding the subject of these recommendations, It is the express hope and prayers of this Informal Council that the Elders and members of the Miller Valley Baptist Church will be strengthened in their unity and blessed by the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is also our express hope that by God’s abundant grace, Thomas Chantry will be able in time to exercise those gifts in the service and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ which he has manifested while pastor of the Miller Valley Baptist Church. ‘The Administrative Council of ARBCA, the Elders of the Miller Valley Baptist Church and Thomas Chantry have all requested that the informal Council establish certain facts regarding the ministry of Thomas Chantry while at the Miller Valley Baptist ‘Church and the facts involving his resignation from the position as Pastor of the Miller Valley Baptist Church. CONCLUSIONS ‘The Informal Council has conducted interviews with the parties involved in this, ‘matter and has reached the following conclusions: That Thomas Chantry was the Pastor of the Miller Valley Baptist Church from June 18, 1995 to November 8, 2000. ‘That during the period of his ministry, Thomas Chantry was well loved by his Elders and the members of his congregation. His preaching and teaching were well received and used to build the church. ‘That during his ministry at Miller Valley Baptist Church, Thomas Chantry did volunteer to tutor four children from three separate church families. Each child was subjected to inappropriate physical discipline in the course of their instruction, In addition, Thomas Chantry did express inappropriate outbursts of anger which were a concer to the church. From October 17, 2000 until November 8, 2000 the Elders of Miller Valley Baptist Church attempted to adress with Pastor Chantry the issues involving the inappropriate discipline of the children by Pastor Chantry during his ministry at Miller Valley. Due to the series of providential events, Thomas Chantry resigned as Pastor on November 8, 2000 which was accepted by the Elders of Miller Valley Baptist Church, Under very difficult cizcumstances, both the Blders of Miller Valley Baptist Church and ‘Thomas Chantry acted in a manner that sought to protect the church and honor Jesus Christ who they served. In God's providence, the resignation of Thomas Chantry was necessary and appropriate RECOMMENDATIONS 1. That Thomas Chantry and the Elders of Miller Baptist Church have resolved their differences regarding the manner and timing of the resignation of Pastor Chantry from the church on November 8, 2000 and are encouraged to seek to establish the love and trust for one another as is appropriate between Christian brothers. 2. Any assertions of improper oversight of his ministry by the Elders of the Miller Valley Baptist Church have been withdrawn by Thomas Chantry and will not be reasserted by him in the future. 3. The Elders of Miller Valley Baptist Church will withdraw and will not in the future assert church discipline against Thomas Chantry. 4, That due to the following conduct, Thomas Chantry is presently disqualified from holding the office of Elder in any church until restored pursuant to paragraphs 5 and 6 of these recommendations a) ‘That while Pastor at Miller Valley, Thomas Chantry used inappropriate physical discipline of four children from three families within the church. b) The physical discipline was in some cases used without the consent of the parents who were members of the church, ©) Inthe all cases, physical discipline was used in a manner and under circumstances not anticipated by the parents. qd) Thomas Chantry has not expressed in these instances the love and care required by Scripture of these four children each of whom he volunteered to tutor, train and teach as their trusted pastor. 5. That Thomas Chantry undergo Biblical Counseling with a counselor ‘trained to deal with the issues presented by a case of improper physical discipline and inappropriate anger. The counseling process will be subject to the Elders who assume oversight of Thomas Chantry. 6. That Thomas Chantry submit himself to the oversight of Elders from a member church of ARBCA end refiain from any employment involved in the care of children or any position as an Elder until he receives the recommendation of the Elders of his church to resume such positions of employment in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is also recommended that the Elders who assume oversight of Thomas Chantry consult with the members of this Informal Council. We further recommend that the Elders of his church inform the Administrative Counsel of ARBCA prior to the reinstatement of Thomas Chantry as an Elder or as a teaching Elder in any church. 7. That there still remain serious factual differences between Thomas Chantry and the four children he disciplined during his ministry at Miller Valley. These factual differences include the purpose, frequency and severity of the physical punishment. It is recommended that the Elders who assume the oversight of Thomas Chantry address these differences because itis the opinion of this informal council that his repentance may not be complete. 8. That Thomas Chantry endeavor to seek full repentance and the forgiveness from each of the four children and their parents who have been the subject of physical discipline by him, It is recommended that the Elders who assume the oversight of Thomas Chantry assist him with this process. 9. Certain additional confidential recommendations have been made by this Informal Council to the families of the children involved in this matter; the Elders of Miller Valley and others interested in this matter, 10. If there are any questions or perceived failure to implement the recommendations as set forth herein, either of the parties may contact the members ofthe Informal Council to seek their assistance.