Received this last night:
As Meredith becomes more and more flaccid because of the weakened state of his mind, the sharp minded Doug Winnail is more easily able to manipulate him into condoning his agenda to advance Living University. It has always been a dream of the COGs to re-create Ambassador College although most question why.
Many LCG members and a large number of ministers do not support this expansion. Before his death, Dibar Apartian openly and strongly spoke out against spending so much time and money for LU. It has been an area of contention discussed for years and it is a contributing factor to the growing feeling of discontent within LCG.
Last year the church reported that $800,000 tithe-payer dollars (1/20th of the income) went to support Living University. What insiders know is that there are MANY hidden costs that are sheltered elsewhere so as not to alarm members and ministers alike. It's a clam shell game. Shave a little here, hide it over there, etc. Most members have little business experience and are not aware of these commonly practiced tricks of the trade. LCG has mastered the practice of manipulating numbers to tell the story they want instead of reflecting reality. It's Worldwide all over again.
The vast majority of tithe payers would rather put all that cash into "preaching the gospel" as commissioned by Christ. Up and coming ministers could continue to be trained by more experienced ministers in the currently established, practically free, ministerial training program. But alas, that would make too much sense and wouldn't really feed any egos.
It is not widely known that LCG is currently planning to pour potentially millions of dollars of hard-earned tithe money into the purchase of housing/ dorms for Living University students AND for the purchase of yet another office building (they already have one for the headquarters staff and one for the media department) to house university staff and classrooms. They are actively working on finding suitable properties right now.
Once the members come into this knowledge, it will likely form an even deeper crack in the LCG foundation further dividing the members from the executors.
It has been speculated that Winnail, who is now the Director of Church Administration and a member of the Council of Elders, sees himself as taking over LCG once Meredith dies. In this scenario, Doug would appoint his minister son, Scott, to become the University's dean as soon as Germano retires (or sooner). He is already being groomed for that office.
Although Meredith has already named Richard Ames as his successor, he is old and has major health issues of his own so it is unlikely that he will ever really be top dog. Members whisper that the most likely split after RCM's imminent death will be Winnail vs. Jim Meredith. A few will also throw in the possibility of the ultra-conservative Gerald Weston who is currently the head of LCG in Canada. One thing is for sure, it will be like an episode of Clash of the Titans.
Which will bankrupt LCG first? Living University or Jim Meredith? Only time will tell....