Medio 2003, a number of former employees of Christian Research Institute produced a one-page website at CRIrestoration.com (now no longer online). The page was titled, "Please pray for the Christian Research Institute."
The following is a detailed account of what happened to a group of Christian Research Institute (CRI) employees in 2003. We have developed this web site so that the complete truth may be known.
Although the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) claims to have done its best to bring CRI through a complete redemptive process since the ministry was found in violation of three of ECFAs standards, Hank Hanegraaff and other CRI leaders have yet to apologize to their donors or admit any wrongdoing.
The following sources may provide helpful, though limited, background information to those who are not familiar with the situation at CRI:
Our hope and intention is to pursue true accountability for a widely known ministry which thus far has chosen to have none. We would have preferred to handle this without having to make it public, but Hank Hanegraaff refuses to be accountable. He continues to subject God's name to scorn by not running CRI with honesty, transparency, and accountability. In our view, a satisfactory outcome would include the following:
1. An apology from Hank to CRIs donors for the improper use and poor stewardship of their funds.
2. Making documentation of reimbursements made to CRI available to the public.
3. A new and truly diverse board of directors.
If CRI considers those steps unreasonable, we simply conclude that Hank is unfit to lead CRI and ask that he do the honorable thing and step down. We also pray that Christian leaders and ministries will withhold their endorsements from Hank Hanegraaff and join those calling for true accountability. We've heard that many are reluctant to confront Hank because of his reputation for playing hardball; please know that God is greater, and He will reward you for taking a stand. (Some ministries have already begun to do this.) We did and we have no doubts that we did the right thing.
The CRI Employees Who Left in 2003
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Source: Please pray for the Christian Research Institute, CRIrestoration.com (no longer online)
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