Moody Bible Institute


Jan 08, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

Moody Bible Institute In Trouble? Faculty Cuts, Low Student Enrollment, And More

According to whistleblowers and the Institute's own media and public announcements, Moody Bible Institute is in the midst of "unprecedented crisis". The Christian school is suffering from declining student enrollment, faculty cuts, theologically liberal professors, and an administration that has "betrayed the school's mission and created a culture of fear."

The Institute maintains that, though startling, these recent strategic moves are meant to work toward a brighter future and address serious concerns within the organization.

In November of 2017, the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago announced a strategic initiative to "preserve its long-term financial well-being" by closing its campus in Spokane, Washington and its satellite site in Pasadena, California, as well as cutting some faculty at the Chicago campus.

The host of Moody Radio's "Up For Debate" program, Julie Roys, gave further details on her website Thursday in a post titled "Moody Bible Institute Facing Unprecedented Crisis. Please Pray!" According to Roys, the Executive Committee of the Moody Bible Institute Board of Trustees would be meeting on Friday with MBI President Paul Nyquist to discuss allegations against his administration.

The allegations include that Nyquist permitted professors who do not believe in the inerrancy of Scripture to teach and write curriculum. It has also been alleged that MBI allowed a politically liberal professor who supports Planned Parenthood and liberation theology to teach as well as spearhead missions conferences.

Whistleblowers are reportedly silenced, reprimanded or fired, promoting a campus atmosphere of fear and intimidation, Roys noted. According to the Higher Learning Commission, which oversees accreditation for Moody, the school must also share governance with faculty, which Nyquist's administration has allegedly refused to do.

Upon learning of these allegations, Roys urged Moody trustees to investigate. Instead, the board went directly to the president, did not interview any faculty, and the issue was quickly dropped. Roys then conducted her own investigation in which she interviewed many faculty members. She then flew to Michigan in December to share her findings with Moody Trustee Emeritus Paul Johnson and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees Rick Warren.

In an email to The Christian Post, Roys said that Moody "has swept wrongdoing under the rug" for too long, and a new era of transparency and accountability is needed if the school is ever to recover.

"The ideal outcome", according to Roys, would be for Nyquist to resign immediately, with further resignations to come in the days ahead. While she has no idea how Friday's meeting will turn out, Roys knows Warren and Johnson will be "pushing hard for resignations."

"The board also needs to suspend the faculty firings the administration announced in November. The board has much evidence indicating that some of those firings may be payback for those who objected to theological drift at the institute," Roys continued in her email.

"It also has ample evidence that there are professors who deny inerrancy as it's been historically defined by the institute, and who promote liberation theology and other liberal causes in their classrooms. Some of these are being retained by the school, but should be fired."

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