Congregational Recovery and Support


It was good to meet up with the Baptist Association Consultancy Team today in Sydney for a day of upskilling on working with churches impacted by professional misconduct.  We covered managing the crisis period and how to facilitate three of the critical first meetings in the church. 

Notes are in our team dropbox. 

Parish Recovery Training in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

While the church and community in Newcastle await the Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Case Study 42), there is a lot of ground work to do preparing a team of facilitators and consultants to work with parishes and organisations impacted by the expected findings of the commission.  The Diocese under the interim leadership of Bishop Peter Stuart has welcomed the Commission and while it is a painful process, has sought to respond carefully and pastorally to victims, parishes and clergy impacted by the past. There are many good people, caring parishes and faithful clergy who are deeply hurt by what has occurred historically in Newcastle.  Alongside the direct victims of abuse, these also need support and care.  We had a day of training for facilitators and consultants yesterday in preparation for the RC findings. 

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Safe as Churches VI–Conflict Workshop

I enjoyed being in Sydney this week from Wednesday to Friday for Safe as Churches VI.  It was a privilege to hear Rev Dr Marie Fortune share her reflections on Abuse, Boundaries and Institutional Responses and to hear about progress with the Royal Commission.

The conflict workshop gave a simple introduction to congregational tension especially as experienced in recovery or abuse allegation environments.  The presentation and a range of documents are linked to the remainder of this post.   I will update a couple of these as I process some mindmaps we created at the conference.

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