Over the past few weeks a confidentiality agreement that must be signed by Elevation Church volunteers has stirred up controversy on the Internets.
This goes well beyond just manipulation of members. By asking volunteers to sign this document puts well-meaning members of Elevation Church at great legal peril. If the church perceives a member is violating any terms of this document by publicly criticizing the church over finances – or even publicly disclosing abuse within the walls of the church – the church will consider them to have done “irreparable damage” to “the Church”, and the church will seek a court injunction against the member.
And here’s Pastor Steven Furtick’s infamous “Hey Haters” video (editor’s note: since this article was originally published, the “Hey Haters” video has been scrubbed from the Internet except for this one instance.)
What do you think: is the confidentiality agreement prudent business or cult-like?