Washington Post Interview

Washington Post Interview

I had a really cool opportunity to talk with Sarah Pulliam Bailey, a religion reporter with the Washington Post about the current research on pastoral failure and restoration. Here is a link to the article. The video of Rev. Howard-John Wesley is worth your...
Theory #2: Accountability is a myth

Theory #2: Accountability is a myth

In almost every conversation I can remember about pastoral failure the topic of accountability comes up.  It usually comes up towards the end of the conversation, after the unfortunate details of the situation have been laid out, when someone comes to the...
Theory #1: Leadership Failure IS Organizational Failure

Theory #1: Leadership Failure IS Organizational Failure

One of the dynamics that I have observed in churches working through the failure of a pastor is the tendency to place the entirety of the blame on the pastor when the organization itself should bear as much, if not more of, the blame.  Scapegoating – placing the...
A Note to Victims

A Note to Victims

One of my greatest fears in pursuing this area of research is that I would somehow add to the hurt of those who have been victimized by pastors and negligent churches.  I know people who have suffered horrific abuse at the hands of those who were supposed to...