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IHOP University president resigns over Bickle allegations

The fallout continues from allegations concerning leaders of the International House of Prayer as more resignations are announced.

The organization announced on social media that David Sliker is stepping down as president of the International House of Prayer University. He also is leaving his position on IHOPKC’s executive leadership team, effective immediately. Matt Candler will replace Sliker as president of the school. He was selected in a unanimous decision among IHOPKC’s board of directors, the executive leadership team and IHOPU’s leadership team.

In the announcement, IHOPKC said this was a mutual decision between the two parties and is the best decision for the community and Sliker’s family. Sliker had been a senior leader and author at IHOPKC for nearly 20 years, according to the school’s website. He taught about prayer and intimacy with Jesus, missions, biblical studies and the return of Jesus, and is the author of several books.

This change of leadership continues the season of change that IHOPKC and its community is going through. In late December, it was announced that the 24/7 prayer and worship ministry was “formally and permanently” separating from founder Mike Bickle. In light of new information, Bickle was completely removed from the organization. Additionally, Executive Director Stuart Greaves resigned and stepped down from his role on the ministry’s board of directors

The allegations against Bickle, made by multiple women over the course of several decades, have sent shockwaves through the Christian community, with many expressing concern, anger, fear and disappointment. As the founder of the IHOPKC, Bickle has played a significant role in shaping the spiritual lives of countless individuals. The investigation has prompted a wider conversation about accountability and transparency within Christian leadership, the magazine said.

In December, Bickle admitted to “sins” surrounding inappropriate behavior.

–Alan Goforth | MV

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