Preventing the Damage: Understanding the Devastation of Sexual Misconduct in the Clergy and Avoiding It

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Xulon author discusses the harm that comes from when a pastor crosses sexual lines and the ways in which leaders can prevent this from taking place.

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My hope is that if pastors are alerted to predisposing issues and prepare themselves to address the pertinent issues that place them in peril, we might stem the tide of clergy sexual misconduct

Laura Nelson’s book Avoiding the Potholes: Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct ($16.49, paperback, 9781630508814; $8.99, e-book, 9781630508821) is available for purchase.

In Avoiding the Potholes: Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct, Laura Nelson discusses sexual misconduct amongst those in church leadership, which continues to be a pressing issue plaguing our churches. It can be likened to a pothole, appearing seemingly overnight with detrimental effects, but what causes the erosion and is there a way to stay clear? With powerful spiritual insight and teaching from God’s Word, Avoiding the Potholes addresses these questions, offering helpful, practical guidance for Christian leaders to avoid falling into this injurious hole.

“In working with our denomination, I witnessed this pain firsthand which prompted me to study why this occurs and consider steps for prevention. My hope is that if pastors are alerted to predisposing issues and prepare themselves to address the pertinent issues that place them in peril, we might stem the tide of clergy sexual misconduct,” said Nelson.

Rev. Dr. Laura Nelson is the Senior Pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in New Westminster BC, where she has ministered the past eleven years. She is a graduate of Biola University, Regent College, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Laura has a passion for ministry and encouraging people in their walk of faith. Her greatest delight is her two adult daughters.

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Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date Avoiding the Potholes: Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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