When a Congregation Is Betrayed: Responding to Clergy Misconduct

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Alban Institute, Dec 1, 2005 - Religion - 227 pages
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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 clergy misconduct. Both the afterpastors--the interim or settled pastors who follow misconducting pastors--and lay 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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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).

Hopkins is a licensed professional counselor and a board member of the interfaith sexual trauma institute, Collegeville, Minnesota

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