The personal injury case against Steve Wingfield and FCCF/Christ First takes a new direction from the chain of continuances since the initial filing on September 21, 2021. It’s been a long time coming, but depositions were ordered by the court on behalf of all parties to the case. The inside story will become court record soon, if not already. I look forward to learning both sides in this case. I look forward to truth being told. I look forward to justice for all involved. I pray for the will of God over this situation. I want the victims to be heard loud and clear. I want them to know their stories are important. I want them to learn that speaking breaks the chains of silence and begins a hard healing process. I want to tell them they are not alone. I want them to understand that advocates on their behalf see them and pray for them.
I want churches to learn from this case study. I want pastors to learn from what took place, and continues. I want the clergy to learn to stand for the victims and to safeguard the children.
From the book:
“The Church cannot escape having to deal with sexual abuse threats. It can, however, do everything within its power to prevent predators from sneaking into the body. Some say the church is the safest place for children, but my research shows me that is not true. I believe God’s people can make a difference by taking a stand for truth and by being the church that Christ leads. Can we take a stand for victims? Can set aside the fear of a tarnished church image and work together? Can we bolster the security of our youth
with training for the keepers of the gates and the teachers? Can we allow questioning of pastors, elders, and policies? Can we demand transparency from our leaders? Can we be watchful and not allow ourselves to vote for something simply because the elders say we should trust them?” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews: The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 163.)
“A View from the Pews” is available on Amazon in print and ebook format, along with being available to read through the Kindle Unlimited program. Buy a book, read online, choose your preferred method and read the rest of the story. This project is for the victims. Every book sold and every page read helps support Safe Connections non-profit in St. Louis. Please join me in the cause for victims of abuse.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 31, 2022
While this is a tough read, it is one that I believe is necessary for anyone serving in a leadership role in a church, for someone seeking a healthy church, and for individuals in ministry. This book should be added to curriculum at Bible colleges as a guide on how to properly handle abuse and as a guide on how not to handle abuse.
I’m grateful for this read, not just as an individual who lived through this situation, but as someone who serve full time in ministry now as an adult. I hope people will be open minded to learning from and listening to the victims and whistleblowers always.