This past month, Safe Church Ministry staff gathered online with people from around the denomination to discuss Scot Mcknight and Laura Barringer’s book: A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing (for more about the book, see our July webinar with the authors). Together, we talked about the sad reality that our churches have been places where abuse and misuse of power have gone unchecked. We lamented alongside some of those gathered that had witnessed abuse within their own churches and were struggling to understand not only how it could happen but also how to work towards healing.
This book offers the roadmap to cultivating a church focussed on TOV - the goodness that God had originally designed for His people. Together, we learned a new way forward for our church communities - how to be a community that is characterized by servant leadership, empathy, grace, and Christ-likeness in the way we conduct our life together. This is a significant shift from traditional hierarchical approaches to church, but it is a shift that can make us healthier communities that resist abuse and more open to what God has to teach us through each other.
After six weeks coming together to connect, often to lament, and to find pathways towards hope, many of us left with a renewed sense of anticipation of what God can do when we welcome Him into our congregations and focus our attention on him.
—Becky Jones, Editor