Over the past two weeks, the Facebook page for the Village
, a nondenominational "seeker" church in Denver's RiNo district, has seen a trickle of heartfelt farewells and laments, from "Gonna miss yall" and "This is sad" to one fan's plaintive "Why??????" Nine months after its launch -- and less than a month after "The Prodigal Pastor
," our cover story on its controversial leader, Gil Jones -- the Village has ceased operations, closed its doors and auctioned off its equipment amid circumstances that Jones describes as "disheartening."
See also: Gil Jones, the prodigal pastor: Hear him admit that "I messed up"