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  • Restoring the Soul of a Church: Healing Congregations Wounded by Clergy Sexual Misconduct (From the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute).  By Darlene K. Haskin, Harold Hopkins, Richard Irons, Chilton Knudsen, Mark Laaser, Mary Lou Lavallee, Ann Legg, Derek Legg, Margoanne Moore Maris, Roxanne Moore Saucier, Nils Friberg (Editor), Nancy Myer Hopkins (Editor). 

    Paperback: 255 pages
    Publisher: Liturgical Press (November 1995)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0814623336
    ISBN-13: 978-0814623336

    This fine book is packed with wisdom about the congregation shattering effects Clergy Sexual Misconduct has on the dynamics of churches.  Congregations facing past or current issues of CSA can use this book to navigate the murky waters and help lead the church family in the healing process.  Each one of the authors and editors of this book has a wealth of experience in dealing with this issue and the insights shared are invaluable!
  • Is Nothing Sacred?: The Story of a Pastor, the Women He Sexually Abused, and the Congregation He Nearly Destroyed  by Rev. Marie M. Fortune

    Paperback: 163 pages
    Publisher: United Church Press (March 1999)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0829812709
    ISBN-13: 978-0829812701

    Short and concise, this book encapsulates the major issues regarding Clergy Sexual Abuse in a powerful few pages.  Rev. Fortune founded the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, now referred to as the FaithTrust Institute.  This book is often out of print and copies can be hard to locate but well-worth the effort!

  • When A Congregation Is Betrayed: Responding to Clergy Misconduct
    by Candace Reed Benyei, E. Larraine Frampton, Nancy Myer Hopkins, Patricia L. Liberty, Beth Ann Gaede (Editor).

    Paperback: 230 pages
    Publisher: The Alban Institute (December 30, 2005)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1566992842
    ISBN-13: 978-1566992848

    Not limited to Sexual Misconduct, this book takes a pragmatic approach to addressing all types of clergy misconduct within the congregation.  It is a resource that is second only to having these experienced authors present their wisdom in person.

  • Questions and Answers About Clergy Sexual Misconduct (From the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute)
    by Elizabeth A. Horst Ph.D.

    Paperback: 40 pages
    Publisher: Liturgical Press (October 2000)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0814620566
    ISBN-13: 978-0814620564

    From the point of view of those harmed by CSA, this book answers some basic questions about clergy abuse in a way that helps all involved to continue the process of working toward healing and compassion.

  • Before the Fall: Preventing Pastoral Sexual Abuse (From the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute)
    by Nils C. Friberg (Author), Mark R. Laaser (Author)

    Paperback: 143 pages
    Publisher: Liturgical Press (January 1998)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0814623913
    ISBN-13: 978-0814623916

    Guidebook on the issues of sexuality and ministry and, as described on the back cover of the book, a blueprint for preventing problems before they occur.  Both men are experienced and well qualified to speak authoritatively on the topic.
  • Betrayal of Trust: Confronting and Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct
    by Stanley J. Grenz (Author), Roy D. Bell (Author)

    Paperback: 216 pages
    Publisher: Baker Books; 2 edition (September 1, 2001)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0801091144
    ISBN-13: 978-0801091148

    This book describes methods for churches to follow to respond sensitively to victims,  and policies and procedures to prevent abuse. It offers help to clergy in establishing appropriate boundaries. The second edition includes a new chapter  directed to the wandering pastor as well as a questionnaire to identify pastors who are at risk for becoming abusers.
  • The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics
    by Israel Galindo (Author)

    Paperback: 230 pages
    Publisher: Alban Institute (November 30, 2004)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1566993075
    ISBN-13: 978-1566993074

    From the back cover:  "...a holistic look at the corporate nature of church relationships and the invisible dynamics at play".  Without discovering the "hidden life" of  a congregation, it can not grow and fulfill the visions of it's leaders.