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Amid allegations that he helped cover up a series of child sex abuse scandals of his Sovereign Grace Ministries congregations, pastor C.J. Mahaney followed his address at Together for the Gospel with a sermon at his church that called on the congregation to protect their pastors. Mahaney said that Hebrews 13:17 tells congregations to stand by their pastors and to challenge allegations. Abuse survivor networks have protested Mahaney’s appearance at Together for the Gospel.
Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and more delivered to your inbox each week? Go here to order your next four issues for just $1!   Why This Story Matters for Church Leaders C.J. Mahaney is the subject of ongoing lawsuits and has been linked with covering up sexual abuse of children by the staff and pastors of his churches and churches in his denomination.
  • Where do we draw the line legally with pastors? Several pastors at Mahaney’s church have either been convicted of sexually abusing children, others have had lawsuits dismissed because of lenient statutes of limitations, and still other lawsuits remain pending. Should a pastor speak at a conference under these circumstances?
  • Where is the balance between supporting pastors and giving pastors too much power? Mahaney has long been accused of misusing his power and attacking dissenters by many of his former, long-standing ministry colleagues. How do we create atmospheres of trust and support for pastors without giving them too much power?
  • Accountability for leaders can be caring for all parties: Leaders who have a strong support network of fellow leaders who can hold them accountable could help prevent many of the problems that have been noted in Mahaney’s ministry.
How can your church care for pastors by providing both support and accountability while taking seriously those with reasonable concerns about abuse? Find this story interesting?  It’s just one of dozens of stories great leaders are reading about this week in Ministry Briefing! All readers of my blog can get the next four issues of Ministry Briefing for just $1!
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There is bad news and there is good news in the church today. The bad news is that over 3700 churches closed in a single year. The good news is that over 4000 new churches were planted during that same year. The even better news is that new church plants are effectively reaching new people with the Gospel rather than just reshuffling the church attendance decks. How do we keep our churches healthy, vibrant, and effective? One obvious place to start according to LifeWay research is church planting. Study after study suggests that new church plants are significantly more likely to reach new people. Preserving the church sometimes means we make a clean start with a church plant and turn our attention to reaching new families and individuals. Whether your church is new or long-standing, every church that wants a healthy and secure ministry will need to set up policies for leadership accountability and working with children. In the case of Sovereign Grace Ministries, years of lawsuits and accusations have revealed that church leaders and denominational leaders conspired to cover the sexual abuse of children. At the center of the controversy is a senior pastor and denominational leader who still faces pending lawsuits and numerous accusations from close colleagues that he hid leaders who abused children, forced victims to meet with their accusers, and stood in the way of the legal process. How do we avoid these tragic situations? By enacting clear staff policies that ensure every church leader has support and accountability, while church staff take clear steps to check and oversee staff and volunteers who work with children. We can also protect the integrity of our churches and pastors by developing financial policies that ensure pastors have only the information they require. Some churches even go as far as hiring an outside person to manage finances and to deliver reports to leaders. Other churches appoint a single volunteer or staff member to take the lead with a finance team or board of elders. There isn’t one right way to set up financial management and accountability systems. The keys are to ensure that there are checks and balances to ensure that tithes are handled responsibly, leaders are given essential information, and no one has too much power or secrecy to do significant damage to the church.
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We’re not in the business of selling a bloated program or complicated process that guarantees (or suggests) that we’ll make you the next Andy Stanley. We don’t claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. We simply have a passion for the church and ministry and collecting the best resources we think can help you be a better church leader, one idea at a time. Great church leaders keep up on what’s happening in the big “C” church. We make it easy to keep your head out of the sand without wasting your time. Read this week’s full edition with your no-risk trial subscription now.
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