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David Sliker Exits IHOPKC

Led group’s university & was member of executive leadership

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The leadership exodus from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOPKC) continues with the departure of David Sliker, announced in a Jan. 3 tweet and press release.

Sliker had been with IHOPKC for 18 years, serving as president of IHOP University and as a member of IHOPKC’s Executive Leadership Team.

“This was a mutual decision made in the best interest of the IHOPKC community and David’s family,” said Eric Volz, IHOPKC’s spokesperson. He gave no reason for Sliker’s departure.

“We honor David’s service and dedication. He is loved by the IHOPKC community and he remains in good standing with this spiritual family.”

Matt Candler, who has been with IHOPKC from the beginning, will succeed Sliker as president of IHOPU, which was founded as Forerunner School of Prayer and trains “messengers, missionaries, prophetic musicians, and intercessors” with programs in ministry, music, and media.

Sliker’s departure follows that of Mike Bickle, who founded IHOPKC in 1999. Bickle was accused in October of decades-long sexual abuse involving multiple victims. IHOPKC cut ties with Bickle in December.

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“We were repeatedly rebuffed by Mike Bickle and we were refused any sort of meeting,” said IHOPKC leaders, as MinistryWatch reported in October. “Instead, Mike used manipulating and intimidating tactics towards the victims to isolate them and discredit them.”

Bickle has acknowledged “past sins,” saying, “I sadly admit that 20+ years ago, I sinned by engaging in inappropriate behavior.” But he has denied claims that his sins have been both more numerous and more recent. His bio remains live on the ministry’s website.

Stuart Greaves, executive director of IHOPKC, also resigned in December without giving any reasons.

IHOPKC was founded in 1999 by Bickle after he broke away from the Vineyard Church movement following conflict with other leaders. It operates a prayer room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bickle’s theology emphasizes fasting, prophetic experiences and end-times studies and is associated with the New Apostolic Reformation.

It says its prayer room has operated 24/7 without interruption since September 1999. At one point, IHOPKC claimed some 2,500 full-time staff members, students, and interns.

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