Gil Jones: Village Church closes doors abruptly after fire inspection

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More photos below.
Over the past two weeks, the Facebook page for the Village, a nondenominational "seeker" church in Denver's RiNo district, has seen a trickle of heartfelt farewells and laments, from "Gonna miss yall" and "This is sad" to one fan's plaintive "Why??????" Nine months after its launch -- and less than a month after "The Prodigal Pastor," our cover story on its controversial leader, Gil Jones -- the Village has ceased operations, closed its doors and auctioned off its equipment amid circumstances that Jones describes as "disheartening."

See also: Gil Jones, the prodigal pastor: Hear him admit that "I messed up"

The church held its last service in the Glitterdome, a sprawling warehouse on Wynkoop Street that's also been used as a practice facility by the Denver Roller Dolls, on September 15.

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A much-shared Facebook photo of Gil Jones.
The immediate cause, according to Jones, was a visit by a city fire inspector in response to a citizen call, which "put the owner of the warehouse on notice to provide occupancy permits for the Glitterdome, removing both us and the Roller Dolls from the building."

Yet the fledgling church had struggled in other ways long before the issue of possible fire code violations was ever raised, and additional factors may have played a role in its closure. As reported in my article, Jones is a charismatic but polarizing figure whose personal conduct has come under close scrutiny at several posts. He built Flatirons Community, a Bible-based nondenominational church in Lafayette, into one of the largest megachurches in the state, but left in 2005 after an extramarital affair with a female member of the congregation, who later wrote a book about the episode.

The since-divorced Jones was the lead pastor for several years at Pathways, a "seeker" church off Colfax that grew steadily under his stewardship. But last fall, he resigned that position under pressure from the board of elders and later publicly admitted to another sexual relationship with a Pathways member.

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Jim J. Narcy
The Glitterdome.
Although some other nondenominational pastors urged Jones not to rush into another ministry, he started the Village three months after leaving Pathways, and several dozen churchgoers followed him there. Jones envisioned his new church as a place of abundant grace and little finger-pointing; but his critics maintained that his emphasis on forgiveness cloaked a persistent self-destructive pattern.

In June, amid allegations of heavy drinking and juggling multiple relationships with women, several abusive text messages Jones sent to one ex-girlfriend became public when the woman sought a restraining order against him. The Village underwent considerable turmoil in its leadership as some supporters left over that episode and subsequent developments.

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Matt Blean
Matt Blean

About time. Great cover story on this a few weeks back.

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

He's a hustler... It's no surprise, it's religion. 

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

This man uses and abuses vulnerable women ( many knew and they decided to date him anyway) and hes a minister

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Have a sense of humor, Priya. This man made a CAREER of judging people for their supposed wrongdoings, all the while committing those same sins he spoke out against.

Mona Lee Watts
Mona Lee Watts

Good. That guy is just a con man and a total sleaze. He is committing fraud for his own gain.

guestoo
guestoo

Jim Bieber was the best astronomy teacher ever though. 

Danny Gillam
Danny Gillam

It would be foolish to go around your whole life and not judge a situation and a person involved in it. You're using the wrong application of don't be a judge. You cannot ever judge someone's eternal status but you can certainly look at what they do in life and judge whether or not they're good to follow especially in the case of a pastor or any leader for that matter.

Dean Wyant
Dean Wyant

This guy is a con artist. Bye-bye.

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

He seems to be great at starting church's, apparently not having any difficulty getting NFP sttus from the IRS. But I guess he needs the money and "companinship". I wonder if these people actually worked in a real job that they would be so open with their hands. LOL

Dave Shuck
Dave Shuck

What happened? No more women with which to practice the "laying on of hands?"

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Danny Gillam Interesting interpretation, Danny. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Dave Shuck Ouch! Thanks for the post, Dave.

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