Steve Carter, the now former lead teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, has said that he’s backing a campaign raising money for church and clergy abuse survivors.
Carter wrote on his blog last week following his resignation in the unfolding scandal concerning founder and former senior pastor Bill Hybels that he trusts that God “has a plan for Willow.”
“Willow Creek, as you humbly seek Christ to restore and forge your future, this pastor who once called Willow home is praying for you and cheering you on,” Carter said.
“The kindness we have received has been overwhelming and has prompted us to find a way to extend that love and support to others,” he added, speaking of his family.
“To this end, we feel called to lift up this grassroots campaign focused on creating scholarship programs for those who have survived church and clergy abuse. Its aim is to provide survivors with access to therapy, mental health resources, and safe spaces to heal,” he added.
The campaign in question is titled “We Believe You,” and says that it is aimed at standing with the “brave individuals” who have spoken out about the abuse they have experienced.
The GoFundMe effort explains that the scholarship program will help those abused at the hands of churches and clergy.
“We are partnering with a counseling group that specializes in areas of power, clergy, and sexual abuse. We are tremendously grateful to the brave survivors who wrestled this darkness into the light and believe it’s time to honor their pain and empower their healing,” it adds.
The effort, which as of Thursday has raised almost $30,000, comes from a Christian ethos, the website notes:
“We know God’s word invites us to bind up the brokenhearted, defend the oppressed, advocate for the marginalized against the powerful and to partner with Jesus in healing their wounds. One of the most redemptive things we can do as Christ’s followers is to partner with God in the restoration of all things. This includes healing and wholeness in Christ as victims bear witness in a safe environment to the devastating things they have experienced.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov