Wow! Look what happens when Leadership listens to its people!

"Church Forgets Ears" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)
“Church Forgets Ears” (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

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I wrote a post in May, 10 Reasons Why Abuse is Easy in the Church, and this story just proves my point.

The story in a nutshell:

  1. A man who was a youth leader is convicted with two felonies for his sexual predation of a girl in his youth group.
  2. He writes an article that reveals that he obviously still doesn’t get it.
  3. Christianity Today publishes it in their Leadership Journal which reveals that they obviously didn’t get it either.
  4. Commenters beg them to take it down.
  5. Twitter hash tag #takedownthatpost goes crazy.
  6. Numerous bloggers demand the same, such as Tamara Rice, Samantha Field, Elizabeth Esther, Hännah Ettinger and Becca Roseand, and more (some of these bloggers have links to other bloggers sharing the concern.)
  7. Minors, victims of sexual predation, tell their stories, such as this one posted by Micah J. Murray.
  8. Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal takes down the post and publish in its place an excellent apology that reveals they totally get it and are truly sorry. Read it for an example of a genuine apology and why the article should never have been posted in the first place.

They listened, learned, apologized and promised to do better in the future.

That’s leadership! Imagine if the church did this more often! All it takes is ears.

Thank you Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal!

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5 Replies to “Wow! Look what happens when Leadership listens to its people!”

  1. Ears and a willing spirit and a humility that allows them to hear and learn from others. Unfortunately, too many have ears but are bent on meeting their own agendas, thus they turn a “deaf” ear to the complaints or dismiss them as not really knowing what they want.

  2. David, you are far less cynical than I. CT is a business and this looks to be damage control due to the overwhelming backlash. Even they couldn’t fund a way to ‘biblically’ justify the harm caused to an underage girl. Now they can go publish a new article harming L,B,G,T or I people where they feel like they are on more secure ground….

  3. David – I agree, CT did offer an excellent explanation and apology. Kudos to them! And thanks for the link to Micah’s blog. That is what CT should have shared.

  4. Vogel, I can’t help but appreciate the “freudian slip” with the typo “fund” instead of find, because they are a business and CT is in the business of getting readers with more conservative leans.

    A good apology, but this needs to happen more often for other issues.

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