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Preventing Abuse in Local Church Leadership

If a local church is to guard against false shepherds, we need to have policies in place for safeguarding, recruitment, and training. What sorts of issues should church leaderships be thinking about and how should they plan to protect the flock?


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In this episode, Adrian Reynolds (Head of National Ministries) and John Stevens (National Director) discuss how churches can put policies in place to prevent abusive leadership.

00:00 - Introduction
01:59 - What should a church do to protect the flock from abusive leaders?
08:10 - Anti-abuse policies for small-medium churches and church plants
11:14 - Is there a danger in focusing on leaders abusing others?
15:41 - How do we ensure accountability within an leadership?
18:40 - How should churches appoint new elders?
21:24 - How can sole elders build in accountability?
23:58 - Why do we so often prefer gifts over character?
27:13 - Processes for appointing and removing elders
30:39 - Frameworks for preventing abusive situations
34:44 - The high calling of elders and church leaders.

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