The ethical shortcomings we hear about in the news every day are, unfortunately, not absent from the Church. Whether it be financial, sexual, or some other scandal, not only are they common, but there are ways to handle them that can minimize the pain.
Susan Nienaber is a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute and has helped dozens of congregations work through the trauma of church scandals. She’s particularly interested in helping congregations prepare before a scandal comes about, and has some great advice to share.
In this class you will learn:
- What is a scandal (vs. a conflict or trauma)
- How to address scandal at the onset
- How to walk through scandals
- Hiring outside professionals
- Which information gets shared when: What scandals mean to the life of the congregation
- Handling the media
- Taking Precautions: Practical Preventative Measures
- How congregations recover
- Resources to help congregations through scandals
This course is perfect for a congregation’s leadership team, clergy, and laity interested in preparing for and walking through scandals. It includes a downloadable video teaching, Mp3 of the course, downloadable e-Book, as well as a worksheet with discussion questions to accompany the video. This is a great way to alert your leadership and congregation about the all too common occurrence of church scandal.
Susan Nienaber is a licensed marriage and family therapist, with expertise in helping her clients recover from trauma and abuse. For nearly two decades, Susan has served as a consultant and mediator in congregations and denominations. She is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church and has been a hospital chaplain and a parish pastor. She writes, lectures, and leads training workshops and retreats for clergy and laity on subjects such as managing conflict and change, professional ethics and boundaries, the use of dialogue, developing staff, and strengthening leadership.
$25 buys the course for you or your church, and, as always, all courses come with a money back guarantee.