| The minister was settling well into his new church. He had the confidence of his board, and was rapidly winning the hearts of his congregation.
Within a few weeks two women, independently, spoke to him about his predecessor. Each had been treated by him in a way that a minister should never treat anyone. They had been emotionally and sexually abused. Until now, neither had said anything to anyone, but they trusted the new minister and told him their stories.
Although he had not heard his predecessor’s perspective, the new minister apologised to each of them on the church’s behalf. He was sorry they had suffered such treatment, and especially sorry it had happened at the hands of a trusted servant of God.
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