1/16/2019 -- Chicago-area multisite megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel announced today that its founder and lead pastor James MacDonald has taken an "indefinite sabbatical from all preaching and leadership" while the church undergoes a "peacemaking process" in the midst of mounting criticism over allegations of dysfunctional leadership and financial mismanagement.
In a statement sent to Harvest members, MacDonald said "I am grieved that people I love have been hurt by me in ways they felt they could not express to me directly and have not been able to resolve. I blame only myself for this and want to devote my entire energy to understanding and addressing these recurring patterns."
Harvest Bible Chapel is one of the biggest churches in Illinois, with about 13,000 attendees across seven locations.
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