Gil Jones: Village Church closes doors abruptly after fire inspection

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."

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