> From the same article:
With these safeguards in place, The Walk would have been done before it even started.
> But others aren’t so sure that pastors who engage
> in sexual relations with congregants should ever
> be given a second chance.
> “When a pastor has committed clergy sexual
> misconduct, that pastor and the congregation
> should remove a consideration of restoration to
> the pulpit, or any position of power, entirely,”
> said Wade Mullen, assistant professor and director
> of the Master of Divinity program at Capital
> Seminary Graduate School, a division of Lancaster
> Bible College.
> Mullen, who studied the ways evangelical
> organizations manage the aftermath of sexual
> misconduct, said returning a pastor to the pulpit
> after an affair with a congregant minimizes
> the gravity of the abuse and puts other people in
> harm’s way.
Also of note from the above article, Tullian Tchividjian, the Billy Graham grandson who has engaged in clergy abuse, was fired "from an administrative job at Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, Florida, after leaders there became aware of another, earlier sexual tryst" [with a member of the congregation].Now, saying he is rehabilitated, the 47-year-old Tchividjian has started a new, nondenominational church called The Sanctuary that meets each Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Sound familiar? Think back to the founding of Grace Chapel, South Gate.
Meanwhile, Tullian Tchividjian's brother, Boz, is a law professor and clergy abuse expert...
Boz Tchividjian has said clergy who have abused congregants should not be tolerated; in a recent tweet he said there should be no exceptions on this behavior, which he described as dehumanizing:
Adult clergy abuse is when a ministry leader uses his position to identify, groom, and engage in “consensual” sexual contact with someone in his congregation or under his influence. There are no exceptions to this kind of dehumanizing objectification, exploitation and betrayal.
Those concerned with Tchividjian’s past also point out that The Sanctuary, as an independent church, has no denominational policies and procedures to keep him accountable in the future. “It’s basically up to the leadership” of the Palm Beach congregation, Fortune said.
The group founded by Boz Tchividjian is [www.netgrace.org
See also [www.netgrace.org