The suit, filed on behalf of Sheri Coleman's family earlier this year, didn’t originally name the Fenton-based ministry as a defendant. Last month, they filed a motion to add the ministry based on information obtained through the discovery process. The family alleged the killings might not have occurred if the ministry had followed its own guidelines and better investigated anonymous threats against Coleman and his family.I've read that the Ministry has pretty strict rules in place, regarding the behaviour of employees, and the SOP for handling threats, etc.
From the ministries' lawyer:
“Joyce Meyer Ministries had no knowledge prior to these tragic deaths of an extra marital affair involving Chris Coleman,” the ministry’s lawyer said in a statement last month. “Neither did the Ministry have prior knowledge that Chris Coleman allegedly was the source of threats against his family.”I don't see that that statement helps them much, as, if they had followed their own guidelines, they would have known, and the suit alleges that they, in fact, failed to follow those guidelines.
I'm sure that such guidelines are honoured more in the breach (as my dad would have said), but getting caught...that's a different story. In this case, the breach involved dire consequences.
The message boards are being haunted by organized supporters of Joyce Meyers Ministries, attacking the family of the deceased. Sheri's relatives are being referred to as "money-grubbers" and "opportunists." The commenters spout the same old arguments about their going after the "deepest pockets" they can find. They seem to forget that the family, in person and through their lawyer, has stated that any money received will be spent on a memorial to their murdered family members.
Methinks there may be an SOP manual with procedures outlined for what to do on the internet when the Mother Ship gets sued...