Podcast Episode #444
Sexual abuse in the Church has become a major issue for pastors and church leaders. Today, we discuss why this is an important moment for the Church to get right in the way things are handled.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Because of so many sexual abuse coverups in the past, the Church has lost respect and trust of many.
- Every church is vulnerable to a potential sexual abuse case. Don’t think it can’t happen in your church.
- Churches should stand with victims of sexual abuse, not against them.
- Churches have a responsibility to do everything within their power to prevent sexual abuse, harassment, and assault.
Six ways #MeToo has affected churches are:
- Local church leaders are often the first line of communication on issues of abuse.
- Leaders must not hesitate in responding with urgency.
- The unchurched world trusts church leaders less.
- Greater awareness is healthier for local churches.
- Local church leaders need female input.
- The issues will only grow, creating greater time and resource demands for churches.
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