The story involves orgies at Deaton's home: assualts on Bethany, and sodomy among other participants.
The bigger problem is this: IHOP claims this was a rogue group, even though the key figure, Tyler Deaton, was part of their home group administrative team. Not just a home group leader- a "Division Coordinator."
Allen Hood, President of IHOP's bible school "IHOPU" said:
"This group has always operated independently of the university, and it is important to all of us that this group’s secrecy and disturbing religious practices are fully exposed.
Mr. Deaton led his religious group entirely independently from IHOPU, though he and some of his members were enrolled in our university."
I believe that "entirely independently" is somewhat of an overstatement.
Tyler Deaton was on staff at IHOP and part of the leadership team. His job was to provide oversight to small house meetings and their leaders. In other words, IHOP had a Division Coordinator in place at all of these gatherings.
Below is an excerpt from a handout at IHOPKC - these handouts were available on Sunday, November 4. A pdf was listed on their twitter feed, the document is no longer available, the Google Cache is.
Friendship Groups Administrative Team
November 4, 2012
Jon Boegl Department Director (928) 255-3576 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Chamberlain Admin. Coordinator (260) 610-4937 email@example.com
Caleb Chamberlain Creative Media/Social Networking (260) 610-2533 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ivy Anderson (816) 668-2728 email@example.com
Chris Castanza (504) 982-7782 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler Deaton (361) 877-2727 email@example.com
Jeremy Jacobs (803) 372-1532 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Spearman (630) 272-4642 email@example.com
Juliet Canha (816) 509-4803 firstname.lastname@example.org
You will note that Tyler Deaton was a Division Coordinator, part of the Friendship Groups Administrative Team.
A Friendship Group is a small group that meets during the week, typically at the leaders house. Many churches call these "home groups" or "house groups." Until early October, IHOP called these "life groups."
Deaton not only had a group meeting (and living) in his house, he was part of IHOP staff overseeing other group leaders. There are 80 to 90 friendship groups; Deaton shared oversight of these 80 groups with 4 other leaders. So this so-called "independent" group had a recognized IHOP Group Leader admisitrator calling the shots at every meeting.
Also obtained from Google cache is a job description from an org chart.
GROUP DIVISION COORDINATORS • Full-Time IHOPKC Staff w/24 Hour Prayer Sacred Trust Commitment (must spend 24 hours a week in the hypnotic trance inducing prayer room -ed.) • Serve & Minister at Saturday & Sunday FCF Services • Administrate Family & Group Leaders w/in specific Population Category • Promote New Groups & Multiplication of Groups and Help Identify, Recruit, Train and Deploy Leaders within Group Type
Tyler Deaton was a Division Coordinator. At least until the 11/11 handout was published - he has been removed from his position.
Hood may be correct in one sense. He stated "This group has always operated independently of the university." Well, yes, so does the Sunday school program at IHOP's church. And so does the prayer room at IHOP. In fact, IHOP has numerous splinter organizations - probably more than 50, which operate under different names. But it is the same people, the same boards, and in most cases, operating under the corporate umbrella of International House of Prayer, Friends of the Bridegroom, Shiloh Ministries, Inc. and Grace Ministries.
The University is the "educational" wing of the organization. I use quotes, because it offers no graduate program, and is not accredited. It is, at best, a Bible College, and a poor one at that.
The Friendship Groups are part of the larger IHOPKC organization. Mike Bickle, not Allen Hood should be releasing a statement.
UPDATE 11/15/2012 AM
KC STAR REPORTS DEATON A DIVISION COORDINATOR
On Monday, Allen Hood, the president of the International House of Prayer, said in a statement that Deaton led his group independently and operated under a “veil of secrecy,” though members attended a school operated by IHOP. The statement also made reference to the group’s “disturbing religious practices.”
But a handout and website posting shows that as of Nov. 4 — five days after Bethany Deaton’s death — Tyler Deaton was a “division coordinator” on the administrative team of International House of Prayer friendship groups. The position is unpaid, according to another person who holds the same position and attended three recent meetings with Deaton. According to IHOP’s website, friendship groups are small groups that meet weekly. There are more than 80 friendship groups. Deaton was listed as one of six division coordinators. When asked Thursday morning to clarify Deaton’s relationship with the organization, spokesman Nick Syrett told The Star that another statement would be released later in the day. In the afternoon, he said the organization would not have the statement ready until Friday.
IHOP STATEMENT IN RESPONSE 11/16/2012
UPDATE 11/16/2012 PM
KC STAR REPORTS ON IHOP RESPONSE
The International House of Prayer took greater steps Friday to distance itself from Tyler Deaton, whose wife was murdered allegedly by a member of a small religious sect headed by Deaton.
The statement insisted that Deaton was never part of the organization’s group structure. But another person whose name appeared on the list of division coordinators told The Star on Thursday that she attended three recent meetings at which Deaton participated.
In upcoming articles we will revisit how the Bridal Paridigm (IHOP's signature teaching), the obsession with the Song of Solomon, the focus on and the use of terms like "passion," "ravished," and "intimacy," the sensual and hypnotic nature of the repetitive music in the 24/7 Prayer room, sleep depravation, and excessive fasting all combined to set the stage for Micah Moore's manipulation by an IHOP leader. Many of us have seen this coming for a long time.
To wrap this up I'd like to quote an associate, Keith Gibson, the author of Wandering Stars- he hits the nail squarely on the head:
"I could hardly keep from weeping for this poor girl while trying to work. I don't mean to be spiteful but these are the people who have claimed in the past to be able to smell sin on people and see it written on their foreheads. If they were as connected as they claim wouldn't they have been warned about this?
The other issue is that their approach to scripture, doctrine and spiritual authority sets people up to accept teachers like Tyler. They have no grid for judging truth."
Here's my question: How come the same people who most often cry "judge us by our fruits" disavow those fruits when judged? I think that is a question Mike Bickle will have to answer for - if not soon, some day.
And did I mention that IHOP is fighting sex trafficking as part of their emphasis on justice? Charity begins at home.
Right now, as the story develops, for current information I would suggest that you look over at Truthspeakers Weblog. And seriously, new information is trickling out almost every hour.
A comprehensive index of background information on IHOP is available here.