MISOGYNISTIC CONTENT IN VALLEY SPRINGS CHURCH'S INSTAGRAM POST
A misogynistic message on Valley Spring Church's Instagram page was removed on April 20, 2022
A Valley Springs Church Instagram post from March 31, 2022 revealed misogynistic sermon notes. The post was deleted on April 20, 2022, forty minutes after the problematic content was exposed on Reddit.
Before it was deleted the post had 18 likes. The Valley Springs Church Instagram account had 394 followers on the day the post was deleted. This image in the post was of a laptop computer, an ESV Bible open to Matthew 16, a bowl of cereal or granola, an Oregon State University water bottle, and a page of handwritten notes. At the time of the post Mike Luczkiw was the lead pastor of Valley Springs Church (Corvallis, Oregon).
The instagram comment/caption from Valley Spring Church stated:
@oregonstate students Week 1 is almost done and Friday is almost here!!! Best way to start off any morning… God’s presence, coffee and yummy breakfast!
Zooming in to the notes revealed the following handwritten text:
Consequences of Sin
Singleness for women
Men are supposed to lead and not succumb to their wives’ momentary emotion.
no pay that justifies the work
Men have to lead, and sometimes that means breaking things down to lead and rebuild.
This can cause more emotions for those they are leading.
Wives have to hear their husbands and allow for growth and leadership
Business v. Personal
Cannot halt direction for momentary emotion
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
This matters because an overwhelming number of women leaving The Network claim to have experienced a pattern of misogyny and authoritarian behavior from male leaders during their time in Network churches. Though we do not have the sermon or training from which these notes were derived, it is clear that the notes are communicating that men are to dismiss or dominate women, that women's emotions are dangerous and ruin the plans of men, and that emotions are an unimportant byproduct of men "breaking things down" in order to "lead and rebuild."
This Instagram post is important because it is in the same spirit of control and misogyny many women claim to have experienced within The Network, and which Network leaders deny. Because pastors within The Network do not make their teachings available for public scrutiny, this post represents a rare instance of evidence for domineering Network teachings.
The following stories include abusive male dominance as an element of the victim's spiritual abuse:
- Misogyny and Control by Jenna H.
- Steve Morgan's disregard for women and dominance over men became unmistakeable when I joined the Seattle church plant
- The Church That Left Together by Holly F.
- My story of pushing back against the demotion of women and leaving The Network without leaving City Lights
- Labeled a Sinful Woman by Morgan M.
- The constant pressure to conform to The Network's views on femininity left me with more shame than I started with
- The Bully Pulpit
- How the deliberate, repeated, and unrepentant abuse inflicted on us by the pastors of Foundation Church disqualifies them from leadership
- Kicked out for Suggesting a Women's Ministry by Aaron M.
- Offering to fix a problem got us labeled as a problem to be fixed
- Not Accepted for Who I Am by Laura G.
- The immense anxiety and pressure to conform leaders placed on me as a single mother left me feeling like my salvation was dependent on the church, not God
IS THIS BEHAVIOR SUPPORTED BY "COMPLEMENTARIAN" THEOLOGY?
Complementarianism is a theological view which holds that men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities in marriage, family life, and religious leadership. Network leaders claim they hold "complementarian" views.
Misogyny is hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women. It is a form of sexism that keeps women at a lower social status than men, thus maintaining the societal roles of patriarchy.
Just like our readership, the contributors of LeavingtheNetwork.org have differing opinions and experiences with complementarianism. While we do not express rejection or acceptance of complementarianism on the site, we categorically denounce misogyny. The ideas expressed in the notes posted from Valley Springs Church's Instagram account and the experiences related by the women who have left The Network strongly suggest that the culture of The Network is one of discriminatory misogyny, not complementary equality.
- Tony Ranvestel's teaching: "Removal of Women from Leadership, River Vineyard Church Team Vision Meeting August 2008"
- Foundation Church's "Act Like Men Retreat 2016" documents
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