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The Council of Religious Advisors (CORA) at ASU recently voted to remove Hope Church from its ranks, due to their being sanctioned by ASU in connection with the investigation prompted by the report we submitted with the University.
The ASU State Press ran a story covering this new development, which can be found here, or by clicking the image above.
Despite the complaints of Hope leadership, this vote was essentially a formality, since CORA's constitution contains clauses that members not in good standing with ASU be removed. The vote was conducted by email, which is consistent with the CORA constitution.
The CORA vote carries wide-ranging symbolic and practical impact, but perhaps the most key element is that Hope Church is unlikely to be able to hold events, including Sunday service, on campus at ASU any longer. This is because, without CORA membership, Hope will have to pay for any building they wish to use.
Hope's current meeting location during the school year, Neeb Hall, would cost $3,500 per session, according to the State Press. Given that Hope Church had only about $30,000 of profit last year, according to their records with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), it would not be possible for them to meet every Sunday at Neeb, or any comparably-sized building on campus without cutting back on other expenses. Since roughly 90% of Hope's expenditures are for payroll (most of their revenue coming from Campus Ministers' solicitation of their support partners), it may be very difficult for Hope to continue meeting on campus at all.
We will continue to monitor this new situation as it unfolds and provide pertinent updates.