200 pages (2001)
|Betrayal of Trust:
Confronting and Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct
By Stanley J. Grenz & Roy D. Bell
Clergy sexual misconduct has become a crisis of nearly epidemic
proportions. Without exception, these incidents inflict terrible
pain on victims and tarnish the credibility of the church in society.
A comprehensive look at the problem, Betrayal of Trust offers
practical, Scripture-based ideas on how to prevent abuse, minister
to victims, and respond appropriately to cases of misconduct.
"Having spent the last thirty years researching and writing
about clergy sexual misconduct, I was most pleased to see how right
on target Betrayal of Trust was. It is a sensitive, nonjudgmental
examination of the risks facing clergy in this arena.
--Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., FPPR, Dean Emeritus, Graduate School
of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Good news for victims of clergy sexual abuse, for churches
harmed, and for professionals working to help heal the deep mental,
emotional, and spiritual wounds.
--Christie Smith Stephens, cofounder, Womens Alternatives,
Inc., Anderson, Indiana
The authors skillfully tackle the demands of compassion,
justice, the restoration of integrity, and spiritual healing. THis
book should be read carefully and its suggested prescriptions applied
thoughtfully in churches and Christian agencies everywhere.
--Morris H. Chapman, president and CEO, Executive Committee of the
Southern Baptist Convention
This is required reading for church leaders--we must be prepared
to deal openly and honestly with one of the most serious problems
in ministry today.
--Joe E. Trull, editor, Christian Ethics Today