Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure: Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Church USA

2022, 47 pp

Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure is a resource to equip Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada to address ministerial sexual misconduct directly and boldly.

This work builds on previous policies and procedures developed by denominational leaders throughout both national church bodies in 2000 as a guide for congregations and area conferences in addressing ministerial ethical misconduct, including sexual and ethical misconduct.

The revised and updated Policies and Procedure incorporates valuable input from area conference ministers, survivors of ministerial sexual abuse, professionals who work with sexual abuse and legal counsel in both the USA and Canada.

The document includes theological background, definitions, a policy overview, and a step-by-step outline for a complaint procedure. A flowchart of the various steps and forms for use in the process are offered as addenda. It is intentional about offering a fair and deliberate process that also offers care for the complainant.

An Addendum: Clarifications regarding non-sexual complaints for the Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure (MSMPP) was approved and added on August 1, 2022. This applies to Mennonite Church Canada only.

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