Statement from the leaders of Global Generation Church

On this page:

Report on Recommendations (23rd May 22)

Update from the trustees (4th April 22)

March ’22 Revised Statement (22nd March 22)

March ’22 Statement (21st March 22)

Updated statement (3rd December 21)

Confidential Safeguarding Helpline (30 Nov 21)

Important Information (19 Nov 21)

Statement (16th Nov 21)

Update from the Trustees and Elders of Glo

Monday 23 May 2022

The final report from Loch Associates setting out the recommendations to Glo following their investigation has now been completed. The report includes nine specific areas of recommendation and includes a response to each of these from the church leadership.

You can access the report here.

We appreciate that it has taken a lot longer for us to publish this report than we had originally anticipated but we hope now that it will provide assurances about our desire to learn from recent events and move forward together as a church.

We have now established a working party which will review this report and then conduct a consultation with key stakeholders before drafting an improvement plan for Glo.

If you’d have any questions regarding this report or the working party please email contact@globalgeneration.co.uk.

Update from Trustees of Global Generation Church

Monday 4 April 2022

Our statement of 22nd March referred to our intention to publish a report, setting out the recommendations made by Loch Associates following their recent investigation. The report is in progress and we hope to be able to publish it soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Revised Statement – March 2022

Tuesday 22 March 2022

Following conversation amongst Trustees and Elders and further consultation with our legal advisors we have sought to make an amendment to our statement released yesterday. We hope this will provide clarity on some wording in our original statement which we feel was ambiguous and did not reflect the message that we wished to convey. The revised wording is in paragraph 5 below and is shown in bold italics.

In September 2021 the elders of Glo became aware of concerns raised privately about Mike and Stella Andrea. At the time, Mike was serving as the Team Leader and Stella as the Congregational Team Leader of Glo. The elders considered the concerns and recommended that an independent investigation should be commissioned. On the 15 November 2021, further concerns were raised publicly on social media. The Trustees therefore agreed that it was appropriate for the independent investigation to include these concerns. The original statement regarding this decision can be read here.

Working with 24-7 Prayer – where Mike Andrea is employed as CEO – we jointly commissioned Loch Associates Group, a highly experienced and integrated legal and HR advisory firm, to conduct an independent investigation into the grievances received. Glo’s original statement about the commissioning of Loch can be read here.

After a rigorous investigative process Loch Associates Group have now submitted their findings to the Trustees of Glo and 24-7 Prayer. Whilst Loch’s report has been shared with both charities, each organisation has independently decided on its own course of action based on the report conclusions.

This statement seeks to acknowledge, reflect on and explain the way forward for Glo following the findings outlined in the investigation. We have sought to be as transparent as we can be having regard to our legal obligations around confidentiality given the nature and sensitivity of the information. This means that are unable to share the report publicly, although we are able to say that a total of 36 individuals contacted the independent investigator raising concerns about some of their experiences of Glo which had left them hurt and in pain.

The most serious concerns raised potential breaches of criminal law. The police and Local Authority Safeguarding Officer did investigate those concerns but found no evidence of criminality. However, having received Loch’s report, the trustees believe that the evidence shows that Mike’s conduct and behaviour did fall significantly below the standard expected of a Christian leader.

Mike has now resigned and left Glo’s employment on 22 February.

Stella has also decided to step down and left Glo’s employment on 16 March.

We thank all who participated in the investigation – for their willingness to do so – recognising people’s bravery in coming forward as this will have by no means been easy. We are grateful that through their sharing we have reached a place where Glo has the opportunity to run toward good and healthy change.

We as the trustees and elders of the church are desperately and deeply sorry that people have been hurt through their experiences of Glo. Our desire and motivation has always been to love and support our church and wider community following the example that Jesus set us.

We must and do acknowledge that there have been times we have not lived up to that intention and this causes us great sorrow. We humbly offer our most sincere apologies to all those who have experienced hurt in any way.

Following the initial investigation, a further report has been commissioned for the investigator to expand on their recommendations for areas of improvement in relation Glo’s employment, working practices and culture. Their recommendations are that:

  1. A comprehensive review of Glo’s policies and procedures is carried out which clearly set out Glo’s position on bullying, harassment and discrimination and ensure that clear processes are in place for raising concerns, protecting confidential information, and safeguarding vulnerable adults and young people.
  2. A review of Glo’s employment contracts and arrangements is carried out along with its HR procedures including clarity around requesting annual leave and line management.
  3. Within the new management structure, a training programme should be put in place to support managers in dealing with staff management issues and providing support with health issues, giving feedback, keeping appropriate records, and managing formal processes in line with Glo policies.
  4. Training on diversity and inclusion for all staff should be given at regular intervals to provide clarity on discrimination issues and Glo’s legal obligations in relation to its staff and service users.

We expect to be able to publish this further report on our website within the next fortnight.

In order to ensure that the recommendations are taken forward appropriately and things are set right for the future, the trustees and elders of Glo have decided to appoint a working party to develop an improvement plan setting out the actions that the Church will take to implement the report’s recommendations. The working party will be seeking to consult with a number of key stakeholders including our staff, our congregation and those who participated in the investigation, to ensure the development of a robust, considerate and comprehensive plan.

We expect the working party to be established and have its first meeting by 10 April 2022 following the publication of the second report. The party will then decide how it wishes to carry out its consultation with a view to completing this and submitting a report to the Trustees by the 12 June 2022.

The process to develop an improvement plan will not prevent us taking necessary actions now. The Trustees have already identified a number of key actions and we will continue to take these forward over the coming weeks.

If anyone has any questions regarding the contents of this statement please contact us at contact@globalgeneration.co.uk.

We are committed to learning and loving well in the days and years to come, and to moving forward humbly and gently, renewed in our commitment to love.

Statement – March 2022

Monday 21st March 2022

In September 2021 the elders of Glo became aware of concerns raised privately about Mike and Stella Andrea. At the time, Mike was serving as the Team Leader and Stella as the Congregational Team Leader of Glo. The elders considered the concerns and recommended that an independent investigation should be commissioned. On the 15 November 2021, further concerns were raised publicly on social media. The Trustees therefore agreed that it was appropriate for the independent investigation to include these concerns. The original statement regarding this decision can be read here.

Working with 24-7 Prayer – where Mike Andrea is employed as CEO – we jointly commissioned Loch Associates Group, a highly experienced and integrated legal and HR advisory firm, to conduct an independent investigation into the grievances received. Glo’s original statement about the commissioning of Loch can be read here.

After a rigorous investigative process Loch Associates Group have now submitted their findings to the Trustees of Glo and 24-7 Prayer. Whilst Loch’s report has been shared with both charities, each organisation has independently decided on its own course of action based on the report conclusions.

This statement seeks to acknowledge, reflect on and explain the way forward for Glo following the findings outlined in the investigation. We have sought to be as transparent as we can be having regard to our legal obligations around confidentiality given the nature and sensitivity of the information. This means that we are unable to share the report publicly, although we are able to say that a total of 36 individuals contacted the independent investigator raising concerns about some of their experiences of Glo which had left them hurt and in pain.

The most serious concerns raised potential breaches of criminal law. The police and Local Authority Safeguarding Officer did investigate those concerns but found no evidence of criminality. However, Loch’s investigation did identify evidence which suggested that Mike’s conduct and behaviour may have fallen below the standard expected of a Christian leader.

Mike has now resigned and left Glo’s employment on 22 February.

Stella has also decided to step down and left Glo’s employment on 16 March.

We thank all who participated in the investigation – for their willingness to do so – recognising people’s bravery in coming forward as this will have by no means been easy. We are grateful that through their sharing we have reached a place where Glo has the opportunity to run toward good and healthy change.

We as the trustees and elders of the church are desperately and deeply sorry that people have been hurt through their experiences of Glo. Our desire and motivation has always been to love and support our church and wider community following the example that Jesus set us.

We must and do acknowledge that there have been times we have not lived up to that intention and this causes us great sorrow. We humbly offer our most sincere apologies to all those who have experienced hurt in any way.

Following the initial investigation, a further report has been commissioned for the investigator to expand on their recommendations for areas of improvement in relation Glo’s employment, working practices and culture. Their recommendations are that:

  1. A comprehensive review of Glo’s policies and procedures is carried out which clearly set out Glo’s position on bullying, harassment and discrimination and ensure that clear processes are in place for raising concerns, protecting confidential information, and safeguarding vulnerable adults and young people.
  2. A review of Glo’s employment contracts and arrangements is carried out along with its HR procedures including clarity around requesting annual leave and line management.
  3. Within the new management structure, a training programme should be put in place to support managers in dealing with staff management issues and providing support with health issues, giving feedback, keeping appropriate records, and managing formal processes in line with Glo policies.
  4. Training on diversity and inclusion for all staff should be given at regular intervals to provide clarity on discrimination issues and Glo’s legal obligations in relation to its staff and service users.

We expect to be able to publish this further report on our website within the next fortnight.

In order to ensure that the recommendations are taken forward appropriately and things are set right for the future, the trustees and elders of Glo have decided to appoint a working party to develop an improvement plan setting out the actions that the Church will take to implement the report’s recommendations. The working party will be seeking to consult with a number of key stakeholders including our staff, our congregation and those who participated in the investigation, to ensure the development of a robust, considerate and comprehensive plan.

We expect the working party to be established and have its first meeting by 10 April 2022 following the publication of the second report. The party will then decide how it wishes to carry out its consultation with a view to completing this and submitting a report to the Trustees by the 12 June 2022.

The process to develop an improvement plan will not prevent us taking necessary actions now. The Trustees have already identified a number of key actions and we will continue to take these forward over the coming weeks.

If anyone has any questions regarding the contents of this statement please contact us at contact@globalgeneration.co.uk.

We are committed to learning and loving well in the days and years to come, and to moving forward humbly and gently, renewed in our commitment to love.

Statement from Global Generation Church supplemental to 16th November Statement

Friday 3rd December 2021

On 16th November we issued a Statement concerning Mike Andrea and Stella Andrea, leaders of Global Generation church in Thanet. 

Since that date the Trustees of Global Generation Church alongside 24-7 Prayer International have engaged in a process of sourcing relevant, experienced, and professional employment law and HR advice on the appropriate steps to take in these circumstances from independent professionals. In that process we have approached a number of organisations and engaged with statutory and regulatory bodies such as the Charity Commission and considered recommendations from a range of experienced independent law firms and other entities to assist us in this process. Subsequently we have sought to assess those organisations on their experience, expertise and availability to deliver a cogent comprehensive investigative process and determination.

After consulting several potential options, the Trustees have appointed Loch Associates, www.lochassociates.co.uk , through their HRAdvise Me entity, a highly experienced integrated legal and HR organisation, who also provide mediation with a strong focus on health & wellbeing. They can be reached on (www.lochassociates.co.uk)

We have instructed Loch Associates first to implement an employer’s grievance investigation, independently of the employers, into the misconduct allegations and complaints by reference to the relevant employment contracts, including recommending any disciplinary steps for the charity to take as employers.

After completing that initial investigation Loch Associates have also been instructed to provide a report to Global Generation Church (and 24-7 Prayer’s Board of Trustees) outlining Lessons Learned and detailing suggestions regarding policies, procedures, practices and culture that will help the relevant Board of Trustees make necessary improvements. Any complaints or grievances not the subject of the initial investigation will be taken into account at that time. 

For those who have already notified Global Generation Church (and or 24-7 Prayer) of complaints or allegations, you will receive an email about passing on your contact to Loch Associates. For anyone who has any kind of complaint (whether related to employment or otherwise relating to these matters) not yet submitted to us please send them marked for  Laura, from Loch associates, at ask@hradvise.me by 17:00 GMT Monday 13th December 2021. Please include a clear reference to timeframe and organisation/ people involved to your statement.

Now that an appropriate independent expert has been sourced and appointed, we have asked Loch Associates to proceed diligently and thoroughly but with all due speed in order to minimise the ongoing impact of these matters on those affected.

Nigel Sydenham
Chair on behalf of the Board of Trustees for Global Generation Church

Confidential Safeguarding Helpline

Updated 30th November
Friday 19th November 2021 / Updated 26 November 2021

Global Generation Church have commissioned ‘thirtyone:eight’ – an independent confidential helpline – to support anyone who feels harmed or impacted by the persons or events outlined in the statement of 16th November 2021.

If you have been affected and you would like to speak to someone independent about this, you can contact the thirtyone:eight’s safeguarding helpline, on 0303 003 1111. The helpline is staffed by a team of caring and experienced professionals who are here to listen and to help guide and advise you. Please quote ‘GC-21’ when you call, so that the advisors know what your call is in relation to.

Information you share with the safeguarding helpline will not be shared with anyone else unless action needs to be taken to protect you or others (in adherence to standard safeguarding practice and protocol) or you specifically request it to be passed on to Global Generation Church.

Those who would like to raise concerns directly with the external investigation team will have the opportunity to do so at a later date once the agreement is finalised and we are permitted to share details.  

If you have any other questions or complaints you wish to raise directly with us, please don’t hesitate to contact the team via email: contact@globalgeneration.co.uk

Important information

Friday 19th November 2021

It has been brought to our attention that emails sent to contact@globalgeneration.co.uk have not been received. We can assure you that there was no data breach in relation to this and they cannot be recovered. Due to this unforeseen error we would ask that any previous emails can be resent to the now rectified contact@globalgeneration.co.uk and you will receive a response of acknowledgment.

We offer our sincere apologies for this administrative error.

Kind Regards,
The Glo Eldership

Statement

Tuesday 16th November 2021

As an Eldership we have been made aware over the last few weeks of allegations against Mike Andrea from several former church members. These have become the subject of an ongoing investigation by the elders and trustees of Global Generation Church. This process has been in consultation with our external advisor from 24-7 Prayer International. This will be reviewed by an independent professional organisation specialising in this level of complaint. We will commit to an independent and thorough process

Yesterday allegations of a historic nature were posted online, against Mike & Stella Andrea, leaders of Global Generation church in Thanet. The allegations have been made by a former member of the church and relate to events prior to 2011.

We receive all allegations with deep concern, and we would urge anyone else who wishes to make any kind of complaint to come forward by contacting contact@globalgeneration.co.uk

Any communication will be handled discreetly and with confidentiality. The church leaders are committed to carrying out a robust and thorough process.

The Elders and Board of Global Generation Church have suspended Mike & Stella Andrea immediately to allow this investigation to take place.

We would appreciate your patience as this process continues.

On behalf of the Elders – Global Generation Church Thanet

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