February 20, 2003


To the brothers and sisters in the assembly at Omaha,

It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance.  The events of the last eight weeks have brought a time of great soul searching in my life, for which I am glad.  The Lord has shown me the sin of pride, for which I repent.  This sin of pride came out in my behavior in different ways.  The way I thought about and treated some of those that left our gathering, or those who would disagree with us,  was wrong.  For this I repent.  Every child of God has the right to make their decisions based on what they believe to be the will of God for their lives.  To seek to control or manipulate any decisions in my place as an elder was wrong.  My intentions were good, but I believe I was limited by my perspective. Even though I believe I learned this perspective and behavior, I take full responsibility for myself.  Because of my relationship with George I believe I allowed and enabled him to have a greater influence and control in the assembly than he should have.  For that I am sorry.  I have not acted above reproach as an elder and for this reason I am stepping down as an elder and leading brother.  I am not leaving,  but am using this opportunity to seek to clear myself in every way of all wrongdoing.  I also do not think that it is appropriate for me to be sharing in the ministry at this time.  I am burdened by the events of these last two months concerning George,  but I am glad for the opportunity these events have brought into my life to repent and to make things right.  Please pray for me.

Your brother in Christ,

Mike Zach


Here is Chuck Miller's response, posted on the Assembly bulletin board on February 23, 2003.