Rebuilding Your Reputation after a Church Scandal

Episode #853
May 14, 2024
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Proverbs 22:1 makes clear, “Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” (NLT) How can a church recover after a scandal? What are some ways a congregation can begin to rebuild a reputation? Thom and Sam discuss some steps forward for these churches.

    • If the scandal is rooted in sin, the church must publicly repent as a first step.
    • If the scandal is derived from a stance on truth, the church must stand firm.
    • The scandal’s size and impact of the scandal should determine your response.
    • Quickly remove church leaders from their positions of authority if necessary.
    • Humility and service to the community over time will reduce the impact of the scandal.
    • When there are victims, seek fair restitution proactively.
    • Do not sue others as a way to save face or retaliate.
    • Put Christ in the middle of your response and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance through prayer.


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