On October 28, 2015, Ron (should you include his middle initial in case anyone chooses to google?) Heineman, trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the board of trustees of Cincinnati Christian University, said in a public meeting held at the school that “the market place changes” have made it necessary for the school to change. I find it very interesting that he had only been a trustee since May 2015 (2014?), was not a member of the undenominational Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, knew nothing about the history of the school, and yet he supposedly knew what needed to be done to rescue the school.
The school was brought into being primarily to train preachers (see February 2016 Restoration Herald). When he said that the market changes several thoughts came to my mind.
- Is everyone now a Christian?
- Do all of our churches now have preachers?
- Have we started all the churches that are needed?
- Has the world been won entirely to Christ?
- Has preaching the Gospel become old fashioned and out of date and no longer useful? (Romans 10:14-17)
- Are missionaries no longer needed?
- Is everyone in the world a disciple of Christ? (Matthew 28:19)
- Have all denominations closed in favor of New Testament Christianity?
- Do all churches preach the Gospel plan of salvation? (Acts 2:38)
- Has Jesus’ prayer, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” become reality?
The honest answer to all of the above questions is, “NO!” Therefore the market (world) hasn’t changed. The need is as real now as it was in 1923. If the need for the school hasn’t changed, then what has changed? May I say that those who have charge of the school have changed. They know not the purpose of the school nor the history of the school, and thus have no right to be directing the present and future of the school.
In the February issue we listed the trustees of the school when it first began. We listed what they had to say about the start of the school. But who are the present trustees? It is rather difficult to find the list now on the webpage of the school, but here are the current trustees. Perhaps you know them and can talk to them. (One would have thought that after the February issue one or two might have called to tell me where I was wrong or mistaken, but as of this writing I have not heard from any of them. Why? Do they think that if they ignore the problem it will go away? Do they think that this writer stands alone in what he has written? Do they think that no one shares this view of the school and all are aligned with their new direction?)
Here are their names. Those with an * before their names are new to the board as of May 2015. *Craig Avery, Becky Bennett, *David Buffenbarger, Bob Burkhardt, Dan Garrett, *Ron Heineman, *Tyler McKenzie, Gerald Moreland, Buddy Mossbarger (chairman), *Jonathan Sams, *Anya Sanchez, Mark Stier, *Tom Sturm, and *Deidra Yocum.
If you know any of them, engage them in a conversation, if they will, about the school. If the trustees are hellbent to continue in this reckless manner, then the least they could do would be to have a funeral service for the school that was.