The founder of Arise Church & his brother have resigned.
I'd just like to say - thanks for all these comments.
It's been so great sharing this journey with you - and your support means SO MUCH. None of this would happen without subscribers.
I'd also like to thank the victims for speaking out. Without them none of this would have happened. They were the ones that had skin in the game and stuff to lose.
They are the heroes here. I know that sounds cheesy but it's true.
Today, John Cameron took to the stage (he has a 3 month handover), and sobbed over manipulative music. It was a "woe is me" story - and ring-fencing the issue as being pre-2016.
He doesn't get it and never will. If you want to vomit: https://youtu.be/csU7VYcMcAM?t=2273
Thanks to all of you for being here. Webworm has turned into something I started as a vague idea as the pandemic started, and I am just so proud of what it's become - ALL because of its readers. I feel that support always - largely in this comments section - and it means heaps.
This is a great relief and wonderful news to hear!
This is a testament to your excellent reporting, David, and your care of, and service to, some of those who suffered at the hands of the Camerons.
I know you’re not in it for the trophies but thems some nice scalps to hang above the mantelpiece (or stuff into a hessian sack with a couple of rocks and biff out the window as you cross the harbour bridge at high speed singing along to System of a Down… or whatever you want to do with ‘em).
*Actually* resigned? No weasel-wording away from it like the previous version, "stepping aside"?
Well done all those who came forward, and David for amplifying them.
Good riddance, indeed.
Loving your honest opinion "Good riddance" Mine would be "Good riddance and fuck right off."
Too many young people came under the power of these money hungry and completely underwhelming men.
David. Wonderful, compassionate, fair and thorough work. You listened to people tell heart wrenching stories and took great care with them. I’m so sad for all involved but so very grateful you took the risk and led all of journalism and NZ and the church in this. Thank you.
The pain of speaking up and reliving the traumas has meant something, they have been heard
David, you fucking rule
What an outcome. Well done David on bringing this sleeze into the light. It was pretty clear that they knew they were cooked when they did a complete no show once the story broke. I hope the Pathfinding report is published so that we see the Cameron's for what they are. You will (hopefully) sleep well tonight.
Great work David. Hope other queerphobic and cultist megachurches will be exposed and reap what they sow next!
Wow. I hope they get hounded by the media - did they pray for a different result and does prayer work? Were they really in contact with an omniscient being and why didn't it warn them? Was it all bullshit? How rich did they get off the church, and will they now have to sell any of those nice houses? Does their precious prosperity gospel imply that they are now unworthy? Will they compensate victims? Great work David and all those who told their stories.
Wow! Journalism that causes change for the better. Well done David, it's been a long time.
I'd also like to make the following statement:
This is excellent news, and the best outcome. Well done David for going into the weeds and keeping on keeping on with the story in a way that honours the victims of this.
My view, is, however, the devil will very much be in the detail. In the sense that while those that set the machine up are gone, those that were part of that machine know how to operate in and with it in a very similar way. My hope would be those practices can be unlearnt and a healthier, safer church environment can be created for those still in the community. That can't necessarily come from within.
While there are bad actors (the Camerons in this instance), there is an entire eco-system that played a part in them being left unaccountable for so long - it's that megachurch eco-system and the mutual admiration societies that are part of it that need to also take responsibility.
This, is a good start!!!
Epic work David Farrier, I hope you take in the good that you're doing <3
Great work David! In the style of another David you’ve slayed Goliath
Way to go David, what a result! You have been almost solely instrumental in removing two seriously farked up and evil human beings who have used their authority and position to scam and manipulate and abuse and threaten and assault the people they are scamming. Truly heinous pieces of shite. Lily Allen's song F*** You springs to mind when I think of these snotrags. Rock on, Mr F. Rock on.