Now I would like to turn our attention to a matter which continue to plaque our society and which has again come into focus during the lockdown period. This is the issue of Gender Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct.
The New Apostolic Church condemns all forms of Gender Based Violence!
We have identified a need for teaching and educating our members and ministers on this subject. In 2018, I established a Sexual Misconduct Workgroup which was tasked with producing a Sexual Misconduct policy for the church. The aim of having a policy is to affirm the church’s stance of no-tolerance and to support our society in dealing with matters of sexual misconduct.
I am happy to report that after 2 years we now have a policy which will guide our church on all matters relating to sexual misconduct. The policy covers legal and pastoral aspects and provides a framework for dealing with matters of sexual misconduct.
At District Apostle area level, I am assisted by a panel of 4 external professionals, and three pastoral leaders. This group has been operating since March 2020 and the results of their work will be shared according to agreed timelines. It is important that these matters enjoy a level of independence and that the pastoral leaders are guided by trained professionals.
All reports will be handled with confidentially and be managed in my office.
Click here to download a pdf(300kb) copy of the current policy: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY NAC-SA - June 2020