Matt Branaugh, Editor at Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax, interviews David Fletcher about current challenges in the church. The subtitle says it all, “XPastor.org Founder David Fletcher reflects on the sobering trends his research revealed.”

Branaugh writes:

The fact that sexual abuse, embezzlement, and incidents of gun violence are occurring within congregations is addressed in Predators in the Church, an upcoming book by David Fletcher, who has served in church ministry for more than 35 years and runs XPastor.org, a website devoted to helping executive pastors navigate their work. Fletcher also is hosting an online workshop this fall addressing these topics. (Note: Church Law & Tax is a media sponsor.)

Fletcher recently talked with me about what he’s learned while researching and writing his new book. He also will host a free webinar featuring me on September 4 to further discuss abuse prevention—register here.

Why write this book now? Churches have been wrestling with the issues of abuse, embezzlement, and gun violence incidents for a very long time.

Read the article for Fletch’s response and more Q&A.

Free National, Online Workshop

Enroll in the Predators in the Church workshop on October 24, 1:00-4:00 pm Central Time. There will also be 10+ hours of resource videos available. Enroll one or many from your church.

  • 1:00-2:00 pm The Case of the Active Shooter, Preventing Violence at Your Church
  • 2:00-3:00 pm The Case of the Child Predator, Safeguarding Children and Youth at Your Church
  • 3:00-4:00 pm The Case of the Church Embezzler, Preventing Fraud at Your Church

Webinar with Matt

Join Matt and Fletch for the upcoming webinar, Preventing Sexual Abuse in Your Church, on September 4 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Matt will address:

Sex abuse claims remain the top reason churches go to court each year. What policies and protocols does your church need? What are the reporting laws for child abuse? Why do all sorts of institutions, including the church, cover up sexual abuse? Learn needed facts and how to be more transparent when a major issue is discovered at your church.