Thank you so much for your kind emails, loving concern, and faithful prayers since the publication of my Open Letter to the OPC: Regarding Church Abuse. I’m happy to report that I’ve been working with three OPC ministers to address issues described in my letter. Several investigations are underway. In addition, we’re collaborating to address abuse prevention, and how pastors and church leaders can better respond to situations of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I’ve also been working with many survivors in the OPC to help them report their abuse to law enforcement, as well as connect them with church leaders who can help them heal and find support in their respective presbyteries and communities.
I’ll keep you posted as we continue to make progress, but many things are in development, so please bear with me. Please pray that my efforts continue to produce Godly fruit, that the Spirit would sustain and equip me, and that we can effectively empower Christ’s church to minister well to the brokenhearted. And, yes, I do remain a member of the OPC!
Here are a few encouraging things I can share to date:
- Pastor Andrew Moody has spearheaded making the MinistrySafe abuse prevention system and training program available to all churches in the Presbytery of the Southwest. While not a silver bullet, programs like this are foundational to protecting our kids and equipping our churches.
- Multiple pastors and elders from across the nation (not just OPC) have reached out to tell me that my Letter has inspired them to take additional measures to train their staff, equip their teams, and protect children in their congregations. I know many survivors are reading this right now, so hear me: your story matters and sharing it can make a difference.
- I’m working with several pastors and seminaries in the OPC, URC, and SBC to develop a curriculum that will help church leaders shepherd and care for abuse victims better. Not Forsaken: A Shepherd’s Guide will be available free of charge through my website. Lord willing, I’m aiming for an August release. If you’d like to be notified when it’s available, please subscribe to my email list. I only send out emails every month or so, so you won’t get a deluge, but I will keep you posted.
I hope this letter encourages you. I’ll post more as God faithfully carries his work to fruition.
Thank you and God bless!