Are You and Your Church Next?
Pastor Jason called the office needing to speak with one of our experts immediately. He was so frantic that they put his call through to my office. When I got him calmed down enough so I could understand what he was saying, he began to relay to me his dilemma.
Pastor had been pasturing his Church for 20 years and never dreamed something of this nature could happen to them. His youth leader had an affair with a 16 year old member of the Church youth group. Rightfully, they dismissed the youth leader and reported him to law enforcement authorities. The young lady’s father had served as the Chairman of the Deacon Board for 10 years. He assured the Pastor that he would not seek any kind of retribution against the Church. And it seemed as if the gentleman meant what he said.
Unfortunately, the 16 year old daughter needed professional counseling to help her cope with the trauma brought about by her youth leader’s inappropriate actions. Counseling was a weekly necessity for the young lady and the counseling had continued for more than one year. The father had already paid more than $10,000.00 out of his pocket since his medical insurance did not cover the counseling fees. The father approached the Pastor for reimbursement of his expense, but when Pastor Jason called the Church insurance company he discovered there was no insurance to cover their situation.