Part 5 focuses on the other side of Mr Tchividjian's misuse of his platform as a Christian celebrity minister, speaker, and writer – his accountability system victims: superiors, peers, and subordinates. What courage must it have taken to publicly post a call for Tullian Tchividjian to repent? To apologize for having amplified his impact? To resign from the board of his newly resurrected non-profit? To remove from their ministry website various resources he'd produced? To cancel contracts that would extend his influence? What did it cost those who were close to him in terms of ministry – especially those who held authority to oversee his recovery plans, and those who'd been his platform peers? These are the kinds of questions we should consider as we read this final piece in the case study of Tullian Tchividjian and the details of his abuse of systems, ministry, and accountability ...
It’s not the job of any supervisor, peer, or subordinate to prevent Tullian Tchividjian from sinning, whether he does so mildly or spectacularly. It wasn’t the role of his non-profit board, church sessions, publishing house legal departments, counselors, friends, etc. It’s not even possible. He himself is responsible for his own choices and their impact.
... there were over 150 individuals in at least 10 institutions who had direct connections with Tullian Tchividjian as his superiors, peers, or subordinates. And yet, it seems nobody could keep him from his two extramarital sexual involvements he has already admitted to (after they were discovered or disclosed), or from his reported predatory/seductive behavior patterns, or from his reported multiple failures to tell the full truth.
What does real-world remediation / repentance look like? How can we see what it takes in both attitudes and actions to accomplish damage repair? This post gives three examples of remediation (repair work) — one dealing with a product, one with a denominational organization, one with a social system. Each is notable for seeking to engage in a constructive way parties who were directly involved, and in some cases those who were indirectly affected.
Systemic abuse always includes a degree of relational manipulation to get/keep people hooked in, as well as deception in order to hide the truth.
Everybody wants to believe a transformation story. But you are believing a lie if you are allowing Tullian Tchividjian to convince you that he is transformed. I have done the due-diligence work to find out. I have asked the questions to his victims.
“Myself and RC Jr’s other adult children are estranged from him. We do not support this book or his return to public ministry.”
Tullian Tchividjian, Clergy Sexual Misconduct, Fortress Press, Rachel, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church “But you can’t ignore wounds and cries for justice. For until all parties agree accountability has occurred, there is no reconciliation. And until reconciliation has occurred, there’s no restoration.” ~Paul Mundey A couple weeks ago, I published a press release from Fortress… Continue reading Rachel, Victim of Clergy Sexual Misconduct by Tullian Tchividjian, Speaks Out about Fortress Press Book Deal and Lack of Repentence
*** This post is written by Brad/futuristguy. Unfortunate things afoot with a return to a publishing platform by Tullian Tchividjian at Fortress Press, as endorsed by acquisitions editor Tony Jones. See this post at Spiritual Sounding Board on the press release and related issues. Former Fortress Press editor David Lott posted a lengthy comment… Continue reading Tullian Tchividjian and Fortress Press: Don’t Legitimate Second Chances Require a Real Track Record of Repentance First?
On occasion, Spiritual Sounding Board puts together resource archives on particular situations. Most tend to include chronological bibliographies to capture news, analysis, and opinions as they emerge. Sometimes we also include timelines, infographics, research how-to's, FAQs, and/or other items. This post is to let you know that we've updated the following three resource archives in… Continue reading Abedini, Tchvidjian, and Zacharias Resource Bibliographies Recently Updated
Gospel-Centered Movement, TGC, YRR, Calvinists, Jared Wilson *** Over at The Gospel Coalition website, Jared Wilson has published the Top 125 Influences of the Gospel-Centered Movement. Now, I admit at first, I had assumed that he was talking about all influential Christians. As I read more of his intro, I saw that he was really… Continue reading Will Those in the Real Gospel-Centered Churches Please Stand?
Mark Driscoll, Tullian Tchividjian, Spiritual abuse, clergy sexual misconduct *** Tullian Tchividjian and Mark Driscoll are Baaaack Today was a really difficult day with the shootings in Las Vegas. As of this writing, 59 people have died, and over 500 injured. What a horrible, senseless tragedy, with so many people harmed. As I was reeling… Continue reading Tullian Tchividjian and Mark Driscoll are Baaaack
Part #4 of 4, by Julie Anne Smith SUMMARY The public ministry platforms of Tullian Tchividjian — including his books — have become an issue of public concern and debate, in light of his various degrees of involvement with multiple women. Part #1 introduced the third woman reportedly seduced by Tullian Tchividjian into a… Continue reading 4. An Appeal to Publisher David C Cook, and Others Promoting Tullian Tchividjian
by Brad Sargent ExPastors.com writers Greg Atkinson and Bo Lane published several significant articles about Tullian Tchividjian, and one article by him, in September and October 2016. These unleashed waves of both criticism and of support, as it appeared Mr. Tchividjian had contacted them first and that he was positioning himself for a comeback into… Continue reading ExPastors.com Apparently has Deleted Posts and References to Tullian Tchividjian
Part #3 of 4, by Brad Sargent SUMMARY. The public ministry platforms of Tullian Tchividjian -- including his books -- have become an issue of public concern and debate, in light of his various degrees of involvement with multiple women. Part #1 introduced the third woman reportedly seduced by Tullian Tchividjian into a sexual relationship. Her… Continue reading 3. Research Findings on Publishers of Books by Tullian Tchividjian
by Brad Sargent aka brad/futuristguy * * * * * * * Introduction: Changing Our Language to Remove Neutrality Toward Abusers and Negativity Toward Survivors Who typically gets trusted or distrusted by default -- the reported perpetrator, or the victim who reports? That is especially important in understanding the realities faced by survivors of… Continue reading Issues of Language: Removing Neutrality Toward Abusers and Negativity Toward Survivors
Part #2 of 4, by Julie Anne Smith and Brad Sargent Part #1 introduced the third woman reportedly seduced by Tullian Tchividjian into a sexual relationship. Her story extends his womanizing behaviors back into 2013. This post shows an infographic on what Tullian Tchividjian's pursuit of these women looks like, when it is layered over… Continue reading 2. An Infographic on Tullian Tchividjian’s Pursuit of Women and a Public/Publication Platform
Introduction to Four-Part Series: Tullian Tchividjian Situation Update We (Julie Anne and Brad) were planning a two-part series to update the situation on Tullian Tchividjian, focusing on what has been happening with his current and former publishers, and individuals who'd been promoting him over the years. However, we are now able to share related breaking… Continue reading 1. Third Woman Victim of Tullian Tchividjian’s Seduction Gives Details; She Reportedly Extends Timeline of His Adulteries Back into 2013
As you can see in the screenshot above, Tullian Tchividjian continues to make the Christian news headlines; but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few thoughts and give a brief update on what Brad and I've got cookin' on the back burners. Survivor bloggers don't always have a good reputation with church leaders.… Continue reading Tullian Tchividjian Follow-Up and Plans for Additional Posts
This morning, GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) released a thoughtful, clear statement of empathetic support for victims and constructive solutions for changing Church systems that perpetuate abuse. The five-page statement from the Board of Directors addresses key systemic needs in four areas: Seminary education of pastors about maintaining appropriate boundaries. Rigorous… Continue reading GRACE Releases Statement Regarding Tullian Tchividjian – Supports Victims, Challenges Churches with Constructive Changes