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I’ll be the first to admit: I’ve often been no fan of interim ministries. Why? Because these interregnums are too often periods of turmoil and confusion, in which churches and their members are left to flounder, while giving and membership collapse. But when understood and done correctly, interim ministry is a vital step towards congregational health.
From time to time, the Café publishes Letters to the Editor from our readers. Hear a reader worries that the church understands “abuse” too nearly and that efforts in the Catholic church will not be successful in overturning a culture of tolerated abuses.
one truth is becoming increasingly clear, which is that sexual abuse is endemic in society as a whole. No denomination, church, or organization can safely conclude that it has effectively addressed sexual abuse. Nor is any church immune from the effects of sexual abuse
Did measures debated and passed at GC go far enough? Did they reach the root causes of sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct?
The problem we have faced for many years is that we made excellent progress in discouraging and responding to sexual misconduct, only to rest on our laurels. This left issues like relational, financial, spiritual and emotional abuse waiting in the wings, akin to evil specters lurking in the night just beyond the shadows of a campfire.
One third of churches are victims of fraud every year. How well is your church protected?
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