Monday
Apr162012

Clergy Sexual Misconduct

I recently finished Clergy Sexual Misconduct: A Systems approach to prevention, intervention, and oversite. It's an important book for a painfully debilitating issue in the church.

I really recommend the book.  If you want to know more about it, here's a review I wrote on Amazon:

Clergy Sexual Misconduct is a must-read for professionals, clergy, church members, or anyone interested in this topic. Thoburn, Baker, and Dal Maso have brought together a group of experts in the field to contribute to the book. The result is a powerful compilation of chapters from psychotherapists, attorneys, counselors, pastors, and educators. The book addresses the scope of the problem, prevention, treatment, legal considerations, restoration of individuals, families, and congregations impacted by the sexual misconduct of church leaders.

Thoburn and Baker move beyond a simple paradigm of addressing the problem after it arises. Instead, they provide a comprehensive systemic paradigm rooted in reconciliation, which addresses intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental factors. Addressing these factors with prevention, clergy personal formation in seminary, as well as treatment and oversight for those clergy who have engaged in sexual misconduct, this book serves as an invaluable guide for anyone invested in preventing and minimizing the damage done by a church leader's sexual misconduct.

My copy of this book is is underlined and dog-eared. I highly recommend it, and plan on keeping it handy as a reference. So whether you have never read any material on sexual misconduct in the church or whether this is your area of expertise, this book is a vitally important resource.

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