Although allegations of leadership misconduct are one of the hardest things for ministries to handle, they offer a great opportunity to seek truth and justice and to minister to people. Given the partially legal nature of the process, Christian attorneys can play key roles in these circumstances. Consider the following scenario:
Someone has alleged misconduct by a religious leader. But Rev. Dr. Important assures the board that he did nothing wrong. Will he be investigated? Will the standards for moral and spiritual behavior be equally applied to a leader? Will the organization be serious about protecting its weaker members and living out its spiritual values?
If this church or nonprofit takes allegations of misconduct seriously, it will take steps to investigate and provide spiritual care.
Link to the pdf of the Imprint from the official publication of the Christian Legal Society, The Christian Lawyer, Summer 2015 titled "Handling an Allegation of Leadership Misconduct."
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