When a Congregation is Betrayed
Other books have been written about clergy misconduct and its effects on congregations. Some are by victims. Others are written by professionals for a professional audience. Until now, however, there hasn't been a book for the congregational leaders who must deal with the fallout of prior clergy misconduct. This collection is for the "afterpastors" - interim or settled pastors - who follow misconducting pastors. And it's for lay leaders who may themselves have witnessed or been victimized by the misconducting pastor. Both groups of leaders need guidance about how to assess and effectively respond to the misconduct, how to care for the victim/survivor, and how to carry out the mission and ministry to which the congregation has been called.
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About "When a Congregation is Betrayed"
Meet the Authors
Beth Ann Gaede
Beth Ann Gaede is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and an editorial consultant to the Alban Institute. Alban publications she has edited include Ending with Hope: A Resource for Closing Congregations (2002) and When a Congregation is Betrayed: Responding to Clergy Misconduct (2006).
Table Of Contents
- Part 1. The First Response Introduction 1. Best Practices After Betrayal Is Discovered Nancy Myer Hopkins Part 2. Models For Understanding What Happened Introduction 2. Theological Reflection: Naming The Problem Patricia L. Liberty 3. Justice-making, Ethics: Defining Expectations Deborah Pope-lance 4. Power And Abuse: Establishing The Context Patricia L. Liberty 5. Conflict Management: Selecting The Right Tools E. Larraine Frampton 6. Systems: Identifying The Roots Candace R. Benyei 7. Grief And Loss: Dealing With Feelings Patricia L. Liberty 8. Trauma Intervention: Planning Strategies For Recovery Deborah Pope-lance Part 3. Roles And Responsibilities Introduction 9. Afterpastors: Restoring The Pastoral Trust Deborah Pope-lance 10. Congregations: Further Steps In Healing Nancy Myer Hopkins 11. Victims/survivors: The Healing Journey Patricia L. Liberty 12. Lay Leaders: Taking Responsibility Loren D. Mellus 13. Paid And Volunteer Staff: Tending Their Overlooked Needs Nancy Myer Hopkins 14. Whistle-blowers: Persevering Against Injustice Candace R. Benyei 15. Clergy Colleagues: Responding From A Unique Perspective Deborah Pope-lance 16. Judicatory Leaders: A Resource For Healing Glenndy Sculley 17. Response Teams: Laying A Foundation For Recovery E. Larraine Frampton 18. The Wider Community: Toward Recovery For All Nancy Myer Hopkins 19. Attorneys: Finding The Best Advice Richard B. Couser Part 4. What Do We Do Now? Introduction 20. Integrating The Experience Nancy Myer Hopkins 21. Reassessing The Recovery Of The Faith Community E. Larraine Frampton 22. Remembering The Victim Nancy Myer Hopkins 23. Creating Safer Congregations Nancy Biele 24. Responding To The Offender And Family E. Larraine Frampton 25. Psychological And Spiritual Resources For Afterpastors Candace R. Benyei Part 5. Looking Toward The Future Introduction 26. Managing Situations That Might Never Be Good Matthew Linden 27. Preparing To Call A New Pastor Dan Smith And Mary Sellon 28. What's Ahead For The Victim? Patricia L. Liberty 29. What's Ahead For The Wider Church? Patricia L. Liberty Inviting The Presence Of God Candace R. Benyei Appendixes A.resources B.the Critical Incident Stress Management Method For Debriefing A Trauma