By Rev. Paul Lloyd
Senior Pastor VO Manchester Church
Since the December 2013 RTĖ Prime Time programme concerning the practices of the then leadership of Urban Outreach Ltd, DBA Victory Outreach Dublin, Victory Outreach International (VOI) has conducted an ongoing internal investigation to ascertain whether the allegations comprised a breach in compliance with the policies, procedures and values set out by the International board.
Victory Outreach is an independent fellowship of churches with each local church having complete sovereignty and autonomy, also being both self-governing and self-supporting.
To maximise its potential for growth around the globe, Victory Outreach has in place a structure that decentralises the decision-making processes, empowering local churches to meet the needs of their communities, utilising their own distinctive approach. According to this structure, each church of Victory Outreach is an independent and autonomous corporation.
Each church of Victory Outreach is a part of a region within a district and is required to adhere to the Statement of Faith and Core Values as set forth by Victory Outreach International.
Victory Outreach International (VOI) operates primarily as a service organisation for the local churches of Victory Outreach.
Victory Outreach International operates independently from Urban Outreach DBA Victory Outreach Dublin, which has ceased to operate as of 17/12/14.
After a series of meetings it was decided that Andy Valdez had failed to comply with the policies, procedures and values of Victory Outreach International and was disfellowshipped on November 24th 2014. This included the removal of Ministerial Credentials held with Victory Outreach International. He has since opened Freedom Christian Ministries, and Victory Outreach International has no connection at all to this new organisation. Cease and desist letters and emails have been sent to them to ensure that all signage on buildings/vans etc & Facebook page/website etc which carry the Victory Outreach name and logos is removed and/or discontinued.
Following this, Victory Outreach International is deeply saddened by what has happened and would also like to reiterate its positive commitment to the people of Ireland, and are currently exploring the option of planting a brand new Church. This would be an International endeavour and would make sure that there were enhanced internal and external accountability structures in place to ensure that none of the previous problems can arise again in the future.
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