Stories like Mars Hill, Willow Creek, Harvest Bible Chapel and more demonstrate that we can’t assume church is a safe place, even despite our best intentions. Pastors and leaders must seek to protect the flock entrusted to them and promote healing for those affected by physical, sexual, emotional, or religious trauma.
A 2019 Lifeway Study
revealed that 10% of Protestant churchgoers under 35 have left a church because they felt sexual misconduct was not taken seriously. Almost half (44%) of Protestant churchgoers said they have been victims of sexual misconduct, with 12% of those saying the misconduct happened at church. In order to reach the next generation, pastors must be equipped to deal with the problem of abuse and lead their congregations to love and care for survivors.
We will host a discussion aimed to provide a biblical response to this critical issue. The panel will be composed of experts from various fields, including pastoral ministry, theology, and counseling. We will seek to provide a Christian perspective on the nature of trauma and abuse, the process of restoration and healing, and our responsibility in abuse prevention. This discussion is sure to provide valuable insights for both individuals and churches alike.