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A committment to ingrown leadership, insularity 
21st-May-2008 03:32 pm
Pigpen
(From http://ubfhistoryx.livejournal.com)

Some have identified a cause of UBF's problems to be "ingrown leadership" This is an assessment of UBF that UBF leaders are reportedly "not defensive about at all". Yet, their seeming lack of defensiveness in front of those they are trying to impress (those whom they deceived into endorsing them) does not equate to an actual recognition of the problem of ingrown leadership. Here are some of UBF leader John Jun's "prayer topics" given at the Feb. 2008 UBF staff conference as reported by a Chicago UBF honcho:


4. Education direction:
a. From now on everyone (including missionaries from Korea) who wants to be a missionary should receive Chicago HQ's intensive training for one month to get missionary certificate.
b. Intern shepherd training will be for one year in HQ too
c. Chicago area Staff shepherds have two Bible studies every other Monday. They finished 1, 11 king, Colossians and now they began 1 Corinthians. Let each region have its own Bible study following the example of Chicago area UBF.

Let's go back to the Bible study. [Funny how they're always having to "go back". Maybe they should study why they keep drifting away.] Without deep Bible study we can not make disciples.

5. Public relation.
We are spiritual special task forces who fight spiritual battles. Senior staff shepherds will engage in public relations. Junior or new members may stay inside of UBF meetings to avoid confusion.


What do we see here? It's a committment to more ingrown leadership. All "education" is to be done in HQ, following the Chicago HQ "example". The occasional paid speaker from outside of UBF will be dutifully listened to and honor-bombed for "public relations" purposes, but all real education will be the usual "intensive" HQ-model Bible study. Nowhere else in John Jun's prayer topics is there a hint of trying to tackle the problem of ingrown leadership.

Then there is the decision that "Junior or new members may stay inside of UBF meetings to avoid 'confusion'". Real relationships with other churches will be discouraged, lest the "sheep" find the grass to be greener elsewhere (and less accompanied by attempts to control their lives). This, again, contributes to ingrown leadership. It's the same old UBF insularity and exclusivism.
Comments 
23rd-May-2008 06:55 pm (UTC) - ubf propaganda machine
it is disturbing to see a group like this that requires all its 'senior' members to be engaged in public relations. not sure what a church public relations department does, but this case looks like it is a propaganda campaign.

this is the wikipedia def. of propaganda


Propaganda is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviors of large numbers of people. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or gives loaded messages in order to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the cognitive narrative of the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda.
29th-May-2008 05:30 pm (UTC) - Re: ubf propaganda machine
It's not all senior members engaged in "public relations", but the senior staff, the most remorseless, the most skilled in deceptive evasion and sucking up to gain UBF supporters. As a student named Daniel Choi testified in the comments to the Diamondback Online article on Washington UBF:

"From my experience, this is what I have learned: the words that come from the mouths of these three individuals are LIES.
DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY SAY OR WRITE
I was so fascinated with how they were able to lie so fluently and with such ease. They were also very skilled at fabricating stories.
THE ONE THING THEY CANNOT DO IS DENY THIS ACCOUNT OF THEIR SHEPHERD DAMAGING MY CAR AND JACOB LEE LYING AND COVERING FOR THEIR SORRY SHEPHERD
From speaking with other members of this organization, I have discovered that the members of this organization have fierce loyalty to the leadership, and they too are willing to lie and defend them."

While other abusive and controversial groups in the United States have issued apologies and statements of recognition of past error, this is the type of activity that UBF engages in.
26th-May-2008 02:02 pm (UTC) - more of the same
for many years ubf had tried to improve publics relations, but the problems comes from internals ubfs roots, no tranparency inside, bullshits,trickie speeach prepared for staff meetings, etc... now they said they have a new vision, its looks like a reform movement but more of the same, all training for down staff leaders... no regret for up staff head

7 John would say to the crowds that were coming out to be baptized by him, "You children of serpents! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
8 Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance! Don't begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our forefather.' For I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones!

7 Muchos acudían a Juan para que los bautizara. —¡Camada de víboras! —les advirtió—. ¿Quién les dijo que podrán escapar del castigo que se acerca?
8 Produzcan frutos que demuestren arrepentimiento. Y no se pongan a pensar: “Tenemos a Abraham por padre.”Porque les digo que aun de estas piedras Dios es capaz de darle hijos a Abraham.
3rd-Jun-2008 05:28 pm (UTC) - Re: more of the same
"but the problems comes from internals ubfs roots"

You've hit the nail on the head with that. I see no sign of change in the heart of UBF. Instead of "Openness to and Learning From Other Churches and Teachers" or "Self Evaluation, Repentence and Change", it's "Public Relations". In others words, it's all about the outward appearance of being "normal" or "mainline".
15th-Jun-2008 07:03 pm (UTC) - Politics
By having everyone come through Chicago, it also looks like they (Jun and company) are trying to consolidate power in Chicago again.
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