"That can't happen here, we know everyone . . . We need to think the best about people and not assume the worst . . . He may have a problem, but he is going through a restoration program . . ."
Stats indicate most sexual and violent crime victims' perpetrators were people they knew and trusted. As followers of Jesus, we're concerned. It's happening in our churches. It's time for a hard conversation and a wake-up call.
Internal threats are not only becoming more common, but they are often happening because church or ministry leadership failed to take the steps necessary to protect the people that come through their doors. And in some cases, leadership has even known there was a problem but believed that their "restoration program" did not need to be balanced with removing that person from ministry. Mike McCarty is a violence prevention expert, as well as a former police officer and violent crime detective.
Plus, Jenny Whitaker of Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, helps us with the struggle of people-pleasing.
Kurt Goff, co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has more than 30 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. Upbeat and encouraging, Kurt has a passion for connecting people to God. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.
Kate Bruington is the co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, Midday host, and can also be heard on Music for Sunday. Originally from East Hartford, Conn., Kate brings years of TV and radio experience to Moody Radio in Florida. She attended Boston Conservatory of Music and traveled the country singing before entering the broadcasting field. Kate's pastimes are reading and writing, and she currently spends much of her free time writing a novel. She has two daughters and two grandchildren.