Yesterday, I accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors of G.R.A.C.E. (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). I first met Boz Tchividjian, Executive Director of GRACE and a law professor at Liberty University, and other board members some years ago when they held a board meeting in Philadelphia. A very impressive group–prosecutors, former prosecutors, pastors, thinkers, and a lonely psychologist (Diane Langberg). I suspect I can thank her for this invitation.
If you have been following the news about abuse in protestant organizations then you may know that GRACE board members were involved in producing an investigatory review of child abuse at a New Tribes Mission boarding school (commissioned by the executive board of NTM).
Having sat with the GRACE board members last Friday night, I can tell you this is a sharp bunch who love Jesus and have a wealth of information for seminaries, churches, and other Christian organizations on how to prevent and respond to abuse in a Godly fashion.
I’m excited to join them in the work of educating the church (and counselors, lawyers, and anyone else who will listen) about how to handle abuse allegations. I’m hoping to get involved in web and print publications on topics related to the aftermath of pastoral abuse.
If this is a burden on your heart. Feel free to donate using PayPal on the link for GRACE above. It is a non-profit and donations are tax-deductible.