Coming as a shock to some Community Chapel members was Barbara Barnett's

announcement that she was leaving Mr. Donald Barnett, founder and


Mr. Barnett has repeatedly preached that "spiritual connecting" in the

dance at the Community Chapel strengthens marriages. Even as he

preached this, rumors surfaced that his own marriage was in trouble.

Then reports came out that Barbara Barnett was unusually absent from

many services at the Seattle Community Chapel as she spent more time

with her spiritual connection, Jerry Zwack. It was also reported that

at several of these sevices Don said that she was having problems with

demon deception and asked his followers to pray for her. At the June

19th evening service, while Don Barnett was gone, Barbara announced that

she was leaving him, but would continue in her ministry in the church.

The following Sunday, Don Barnett said that he was at the end of his

rope and he needed all the love he could get.

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The Decline of Community Chapel?

The decline of the Community Chapels continues. Louis Mensonides,

counselor; and Scott Hartley, board of Senior Elders member were all

tried for failure to report child abuse. The three argued that they

were ministers, and therefore, exempt. No evidence was found that

they were ordained ministers at the time, and so, the three Seattle

Community Chapel counselors were convicted.

With Barbara Barnett having left Don Barnett, the divisions within

the main Chapel have increased. Don Barnett warned that he no longer

trusted Barbara's revelation, and then, Barbara's "spiritual

connection", Jerry Swack, was discontinued as manager of the community

Chapel Counseling Center. In response, it has been reported that

Barbara has left the main Community Chapel.

The financial situation of the main Community Chapel has continued

to decline. There have been several pleas for increased giving

claiming that without it they will be "several hundred thousand

dollars" behind. This has climaxed with the closing of their business

offices in late September.

Most concerning was the revelation that came out of their fall

camp meeting. First, God called the Chapelites His "darling Bride-to-

be." He then claimed that He would "wage holy, total war" against

Chapel's "enemy." God said that there would be "great bloodshed in

the spiritual realm" and that they would take part.

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Community Chapel Continues To Lose


Coming as quite a shock to Chapelites, a Chapel mother not only lost

custody of her five children, but was forbidden to take them anywhere

near the Community Chapels when she has visitations. The Court battle

in Vancouver, B.C., at times very high pitched, lasted ten long days

with the Colossian Fellowship being called as expert witnesses. The

Chapel support for the mother was great, but to no avail against truth.

In her ruling, Justice Jo-Ann Prowse noted that the dancing involved

"physical contact...not only between adults, but also between adults and

children." "The evidence has left me with serious doubts as to (the

mother's) judgment as it relates to the children," the judge continued,

"I conclude that the clouding of her judgment is due in large part to

her fervent and apparently unquestioning commitment to the Community

Chapel Church...Her most serious error in judgment was the removal of

the children from their school. But there are other judgment calls

which are also disturbing. These include removing the children from all

of their outside activities, the regular late night attendances at

church services...the willingness to see them enter into connections

with adults, the encouragement of secrecy about the church, and the

unwillingness to seriously consider that the evidence about the Seattle

church should give her some pause for thought."

Coming on top of this, was the closure of the Victoria, B.C.

Community Chapel in early January 1988. The Satellite closed after a

Victoria Police Officer went undercover and investigated it. He found

the same problem with children that plagues the main Community Chapel.

This is not the only loss for the Community Chapels. From the

1986/1988 telephone directory for the main Community Chapel, there has

been a loss of over 500 members; down to 1,597. Their satellite

churches have also experienced losses. From claiming 22 satellite

Churches, they are down to about 12 satellites churches according to

their "Our Satellite Churches," minus Victoria. And according to their

own listings, the total membership for all the Chapels, now stand at

less than 2,337!

(C.F. Staff)


March 1988

P.O. Box 12933

Seattle, Wa., U.S.A. 98111

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