In an announcement on their website, Vision Forum Ministries, the nonprofit ministry headed by Doug Phillips, has announced that it has closed. Phillips recently admitted being unfaithful in his marriage and resigned his position of leadership at VF. Here’s the statement:
In light of the serious sins which have resulted in Doug Phillips’s resignation from Vision Forum Ministries, the Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interests of all involved to discontinue operations. We have stopped receiving donations, and are working through the logistical matters associated with the closing of the ministry. While we believe as strongly as ever in the message of the ministry to the Christian family, we are grieved to find it necessary to make this decision. We believe this to be the best option for the healing of all involved and the only course of action under the circumstances.
In a clarification on his resignation, Phillips said:
The local church, not the Internet, is the proper forum for overseeing the details of a man’s repentance, but I just want to be clear for the sake of peace within the Body of Christ, that the tragic events we are experiencing, including the closing of Vision Forum Ministries are my fault, and that I am sincere that I should not be in leadership, but must spend this season of my life quietly walking a path of proven repentance. Please pray for the Phillips family, the Board, and the men who have made up the staff of Vision Forum Ministries.
Phillips will not resign from the for profit arm of VF — Vision Forum Inc. About this, he said:
Last week, I announced my resignation from the presidency of Vision Forum Ministries, a 501(c)3 organization. I retain ownership of Vision Forum, Inc., a distinct and private company, but consistent with my desires to lead a quiet life focusing on my family and serving as a foot soldier, I will not be giving speeches or running conferences at this time of my life under the banner of VFI or VFM. In addition, Doug’s Blog will become the Vision Forum Blog and will be focused on publishing reports and articles by others, along with news and information from Vision Forum, Inc.
Vision Forum Inc. describes its mission in these terms: “The mission of Vision Forum is to communicate a vision of victory to Christian families through edifying books, films, toys, curriculum, and other resources.” VF is one of the more well-known proponents of the patriarchy and “Quiverfull” movements. They have had a big impact on certain sectors of the Christian home school world.
While I have vigorously disagreed with the theology and approaches of this movement, it seems that those involved with VF are taking appropriate steps in this matter. I, for one, don’t care to know any details, and I simply want to express that it is never a matter of rejoicing when a person becomes captive to sins that affect not only himself but his family and others. When one has a wider circle of influence, it is even more devastating.
May grace and peace rule in this situation.