ARC (Association of Related Churches) Church Planting Group Faces Backlash after Contracts Challenge Claim That Payments from Churches Are Voluntary

The Association of Related Churches (ARC) is facing criticism for claiming that payments to ARC from its member churches are voluntary.

ARC is one of the largest church planting organizations in North America.

In an interview in October 2021 with The Roys Report, ARC President Greg Surratt denied a report that a former ARC Church in Florida was forced to pay ARC 2 percent of its tithes.

“There is no legal agreement that ARC gets 2 percent …” Surratt stated in the interview. “Once (an ARC church) is planted, it’s its own church. And they are encouraged, if they want to, to give toward planting new churches. But there is no legal, you know, whatever on that.

“I can say that churches choose to give, you know, whatever they want to, towards church planting with ARC,” he said.

However, The Roys Report found two contracts between ARC member churches and ARC, which showed that ARC gave each church an initial loan between $30,000 and $70,000 to launch, according to the two contracts – one from 2013 and another from 2019.

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Source: Christian Headlines