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Baker Books
200 pages (2001)
ISBN: 0801091144

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, Women’s 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


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