STATEMENT ON THE REMOVAL OF JD HALL FROM FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH

Published July 25th, 2022 by FBC Leadership

Effective July 24th, 2022, Fellowship Baptist Church of Sidney, MT, has voted to remove Jordan Hall from membership in poor standing due to a failure to demonstrate repentance for sins that he had committed against his family, his church, and his God. Our petition to the Lord has been and continues to be that Jordan will humbly take responsibility for his actions, cease his attempts at undermining the integrity of the people he sinned against, and commit himself fully to whatever is necessary to rebuild trust among those that he has deceived and abused. Please join us in prayerful hope that Jordan will be humbled through this final act of discipline and will ultimately be restored to fellowship with the Body of Christ.

Due to a steady barrage of harassment and accusations levied against the members of FBC Sidney, we thought it appropriate to briefly clear-up some misconceptions that have circulated regarding the situation, the decisions that have been made by our leadership, and the motivations behind those decisions.

1. At no point prior to June 5th were any of the church leaders aware of Jordan’s drug addiction. Hindsight is a luxury in this case, as we have heard from several individuals since then that claim to have suspected he had a problem with Xanax. Unfortunately, it seems that those warning signs are only now being shared and were either dismissed by the individuals at the time or kept silent for fear of stirring conflict.

2. The “incident” referred to in the June 27th statement of disqualification was in reference to the situation that led us to the knowledge that Jordan had an addiction to Xanax. On the morning of June 5th, Jordan and his family arrived to the church to attend Sunday service. He had been on compulsory sabbatical for nearly three weeks at this point; we had seen him come in fatigued and disoriented before under the guise of a diagnosed vitamin deficiency (folks would consistently and lovingly express concern to him and his wife), but this day seemed especially severe. After a lengthy interrogation, Jordan reluctantly admitted that it was Xanax that was causing his intoxication. He was sent home to rest and further intervention proceeded later that evening by men in the church. The implication that the “incident” referred to was domestic abuse is incorrect. We believe that abuse did occur, but were adjudicating the matter as an accusation against Jordan through church discipline and in conjunction with the appropriate authorities.

3. Sidney Police and DPHHS/CFSD were informed by church leadership of accusations that we received of spousal abuse and abuse of a minor child within the Hall family. Note: this information was shared with us by individuals within the Hall family; no one outside the family was witness to the abuse, although we considered the testimonies to be credible. Jordan’s wife explicitly stated that she did not want us to report it. Through investigation into the Montana statute regarding mandatory reporting for clergy and caregivers within the foster care system (also applicable to individuals in our leadership), we decided it was necessary for this information to be shared with authorities. In order to protect the victims of the alleged abuse from public scrutiny, we had intended for this information to not be made public. A referenced Facebook post on the public church page that had been made by Jordan’s wife as a rebuke to the church was a result of the authorities having been informed without her consent. The post was removed to avoid a public discussion of the context behind the post, again, in attempt to insulate the family from public inquiry or stigma.

4. At no point were any of our decisions regarding public comment or the manner in which we conducted church discipline upon Jordan informed by a desire to cover-up sins or to preserve his public persona. Our main concern was the welfare of our local church, the Hall family, and Jordan’s soul, while making our best attempt at handling the situation with integrity to the Scriptures. Our desire to avoid gossip and backbiting led us to weigh carefully what we felt was necessary to share with the prying eyes of the public and when it would be appropriate to make public commentary. We are well aware that many will disagree with our assessment, but we are primarily concerned with our accountability to God and the local church.

Again, we covet the prayers of those who are authentically concerned with the well-being of the Hall family, as well as the unity of our local body of believers. Please pray that God’s purposes will be accomplished through us in this challenging time.

Leadership of Fellowship Baptist Church, Sidney MT