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Betrayal of Trust: Confronting and Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct / Edition 2

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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

"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

"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

"When Texas Baptists were charged to do a two-year comprehensive study of clergy sexual abuse, the text we turned to again and again was Betrayal of Trust."
--Joe E. Trull, editor, Christian Ethics Today

The problem of professionals sexually abusing clients has reached epidemic proportions. This is the first comprehensive evangelical treatment of this crisis. It outlines how sexual misconduct by clergy is a breach of power and trust. It helps churches know how to aid those who have been abused and, importantly, gives guidance on the prevention of abuse by clergy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801091148
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,306,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley J. Grenz, professor of theology and ethics at Carey/Regent College, is the author of more than twenty books.
Roy D. Bell recently retired from his pos
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 12
1 The Scope of the Problem 18
2 The Pastor at Risk 37
3 Misconduct as Betrayal of a Sexual Trust 62
4 Misconduct as Betrayal of a Power Trust 84
5 Ministering to the Victims of Misconduct 107
6 The Pastor & the Prevention of Misconduct 129
7 The Church's Response to Misconduct 148
Notes 177
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