Ravi Zacharias International Ministries will lay off 60 percent of its staff and reboot as a grant-making organization, supporting evangelism efforts and victims of sexual abuse. CEO Sarah Davis made the announcement in an all-staff email obtained by Religion News Service.
“RZIM cannot — indeed should not — continue to operate as an organization in its present form,” the email said. “Nor do we believe we can merely rename the organization and move forward with ‘business as usual.’ That, we are convinced, is not right for numerous reasons.”
Davis’s late father founded the organization, which was the world’s largest and most influential apologetics organization until numerous allegations of sexual misconduct prompted an independent investigation. That investigation unveiled Ravi Zacharias’s web of abuse, coercion, financial corruption and sexual impropriety. The investigation did not find any evidence that staff or board members were aware of Zacharias’s actions, but noted multiple places where the organization failed to implement areas of accountability and oversight.
Moving forward, RZIM will shift from employing apologists and speakers to supporting evangelism and supporting “the prevention of and caring for victims of sexual abuse” via grants.
“Those of you affected by this will be offered the same financial consideration as those who participated in the voluntary redundancy in recent weeks,” Davis wrote. “No employee will be asked to sign an NDA, and we encourage any of you to reach out to Guidepost with any information you may have that may be helpful in the review, regardless of your status with RZIM in the coming weeks.”
RZIM will be changing its name, although no decision has been made on that front yet.