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IHOPKC To Undergo Major Reorganization Amid Financial Crisis Following Bickle Abuse Scandal, Leaked Audio Reveals

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International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC) will undergo a major reorganization amid mounting financial struggles that have come in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal surrounding IHOPKC founder Mike Bickle.

IHOPKC cut ties with Bickle in December 2023 following an investigation into allegations that he had engaged in spiritually and sexually abusive behavior.

Among the allegations that have been made public is the accusation that Bickle groomed and sexually abused a 14-year-old girl while serving as pastor of a St. Louis church in the 1980s. 

Bickle has admitted to “inappropriate behavior” but has denied all abuse allegations, despite the credible testimony of survivors. 

While IHOPKC’s 24-hour prayer room is set to remain open, IHOP University will reportedly cease operations after this school year concludes.

In leaked audio from a meeting on Monday (April 15), IHOP University President Matt Candler indicated that “IHOPKC as an organization is beginning to wind down.”

“We’re going to be maintaining our prayer room and eventually beginning a new organization,” Candler said.

In an email following the meeting, the IHOPKC leadership team confirmed that the organization is no longer financially viable and “will be closing for good in a staggered fashion, with different things such as stipends, work emails, etc. being eliminated over the next couple of months to prepare us to close.”

“The leadership feels the best way to resolve the issues is to close IHOPKC as an organization and shift to a more missional church structure in the future,” the email went on to say. “This would still include night and day prayer with worship in the context of a church. It would also mean far fewer compensated staff members and a much bigger pool of volunteers.”

Additionally, Isaac Bennett, who leads IHOPKC’s Forerunner Church, indicated in the meeting on Monday that he believes dissolving IHOPKC in favor of creating a new organization will limit IHOPKC’s liability. 

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“We’re the people to sue at the end of the day,” Bennett said. “That produces significant liabilities there.”