All posts from “sexual misconduct”

Risqué Texts are a Legal Risk for Youth Ministers

February 7, 2013 8:00 AM

This video, the first in a series by Richard Hammar on six legal risks for church youth pastors, describes a new concern for churches: Recent cases of youth ministers "sexting" with youth group members. View this entire video series on...

Report: Penn State Sex Abuse Allegations Arose in 1998

July 12, 2012 3:13 PM

Joe Paterno and other key Penn State officials knew about sex abuse allegations as early as 1998, but actively hushed concerns in fear of repercussions, according to a special investigative team’s report released today. The sweeping independent report notes that...

Free Webinar: Child Abuse Reporting in the Aftermath of Penn State

April 17, 2012 8:00 AM

Allegations of child molestation at Penn State University stunned the nation last fall. Even as the investigation continues, church leaders can learn from the tough lessons of this case, including recognizing abuse, the duties to report suspected cases of abuse,...

Protecting Kids at Church

April 10, 2012 8:00 AM

April is Child Abuse Prevention month. Church should be the safest place on earth, where kids can learn and grow in their faith. Sadly, many children have experienced abuse—physical, emotional, and sexual—at the hands of people they trusted at...

Weighing Outreach to Sex Offenders

February 22, 2012 3:11 PM

Churches and ministries that interact with sex offenders face numerous challenges, as our national research in 2010 revealed. A recent case in Florida involving Matthew 25 Ministries, an organization devoted to working with sex offenders, underscores the complex nature of...

How One Church Responded to a Sex Offender

October 28, 2010 8:00 AM

Last month, we highlighted Sex Offenders in the Pews, Marian Liautaud's article in Christianity Today that is based largely on research we conducted earlier this year. This week, Leadership Journal, another one of our sister publications, published "Sex Offenders: Coming...

Sex Offenders in the Pew

September 21, 2010 8:00 AM

In April 2010, Christianity Today International (CTI) conducted a national survey of 2,864 people, including ordained church leaders (15 percent), church staff (20 percent), lay members (43 percent), and other active Christians (22 percent). Respondents were drawn from the...

Alleged Rape Underscores Church Office Security Needs

June 30, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: A man hired to handle odd jobs at an Oklahoma City church was arrested last week and charged with raping a church employee. The man's background included two prior convictions for burglary, and two prior violations of protective...

Is Porn a Problem in Your Church Office?

April 27, 2010 8:00 AM

An eye-opening national headline emerged last week, providing a timely sneak peek into our upcoming issue of Your Church magazine. The inspector general for the Securities and Exchange Commission--the organization tasked with enforcing the laws and regulations that govern...

How Finance, Sexual Wrongdoings Challenged One Church

March 11, 2010 8:00 AM

My lawyer said, "Just follow my lead and answer the questions he asks, and everything will be okay." I clung to his advice as I entered the smartly decorated boardroom lined with towering bookshelves. The first thing I noticed...

Top 5 Reasons Churches Wind Up in Court

November 4, 2009 9:40 AM

For many years, I've closely reviewed litigation involving churches to identify patterns that pastors and leaders can use to assess their own risks and potential vulnerabilities. In 2008, the following five types of cases brought churches to court more...