The Revitalise Trust and Safeguarding 
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by Stephen Parsons
3d ago
       by Hatty Calbus   In my pieces about the influence of HTB, I looked at its charity, the Revitalise Trust, and the questionability of some of its trustees, then at the safeguarding danger of following the megachurch model. The two issues come together in another trustee, Richard Chartres, Bishop of London from 1995 to 2017, who used to attend HTB’s Focus annual summer holiday, with his loud shirts a humorous tradition. For teenagers and vulnerable adults, Chartres’ approach to safeguarding could be much less amusing.      ..read more
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The continuing Shambles of CofE Safeguarding
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by Stephen Parsons
2w ago
by Martin Sewell Just when you thought the CofE ( aka “ the Post Office at Prayer ) could not make things worse on the Safeguarding front, along comes Synod Paper GS2364 in which the Church’s Jay Review Response Group delivers only one clear message – “ Hold my beer!” Be under no illusion; this paper is an attack on the Jay review, its clarity, its independence, its call for urgency and above all its promise to put the victims and survivors first. The General Synod is not being asked  to debate what is right about the Jay and the Wilkinson critiques, but rather to focus on how disturbing ..read more
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To Jay or not to Jay, that is the Question for C/E Safeguarding
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by Stephen Parsons
1M ago
There is one well-known popular expression which is often trotted out when some policy decision relating to a large organisation fails to gain much traction or support from those who work for it.  Too many people within the organisation stand to lose something if the policy is implemented.  People declare that to vote for the proposal would be like ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’.  For an organisation like a company or a school, new policies often involve the loss of jobs and the slashing of budgets.  It is not difficult to persuade a substantial group to vote to attempt to ..read more
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The Effect of Delays on Victims
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by Stephen Parsons
2M ago
by Graham “I have been asked to publish this piece. It was written by Graham, a victim of John Smyth QC on 19 May 2020, the day that the Makin Review into the abuse fell overdue. The Makin Review was promised in August 2018 when John Smyth died, but took a year to commission after his death. It was announced as starting on 19 August 2019, to take “no more than nine months”, so to be delivered by 19 May 2020. But, rather than nine months, the Review now enters Month 57. Ed A frequent, if not constant theme, with the therapist I am seeing is: what will I need for closure ? What will I need to m ..read more
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Confronting Authoritarian Thinking and Fascism – A personal Story
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by Stephen Parsons
2M ago
As a young child in the 50s, I grew up with very little understanding of politics in Britain. I knew, of course, that there were two major parties called Labour and Conservative, but no one explained to me the idea of left-wing and right-wing politics.  Still less was I aware of the endless permutations of political ideology that existed.  It was on a visit to Italy in 1964 that I began to be educated in the huge range of political options that people in European countries take for granted. The meaning of left and right began to take some sort of shape in my mind.  For the firs ..read more
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HTB – 3 Megachurches and HTB: the shadow side
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by Stephen Parsons
2M ago
    by Hatty Calbus      The final article in a series of 3              In the previous two articles I wrote about HTB’s influence on the Church of England and the influence on it of the megachurch movement, especially disgraced Hillsong. In his leadership podcast, Nicky Gumbel says what he is doing,: that “we’re always looking outwards.” He states categorically that a church’s number one aim must be evangelisation and presumably believes this aim to  justify his methods. https://podcasts ..read more
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HTB – 2 The Anglican Hillsong
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by Stephen Parsons
2M ago
by Hatty Calbus           After he became Vicar of HTB in 2005, Nicky Gumbel brought major change.  Barbara Ehrenreich devotes a chapter of her book Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World to the Church Growth Movement which produced the megachurches. She reports how its leaders conducted surveys of potential parishioners, who wanted something less like traditional Christianity and more like the world. So these leaders obliged with corporate-looking buildings, high-tech, feel-good entertainment and cafés serving smooth ..read more
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HTB: Extraordinary Influence
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by Stephen Parsons
2M ago
!st part of a three part enquiry by Hatty Calbus         In a blog which aims to cover the topic of power in the Church, it is a matter of note that I have not felt qualified to carry any examination of one clear focus of power in the C/E, Holy Trinity Brompton. The author of the following critique, Hatty Calbus, gives us a well informed account of the way that HTB, its theology and money, has not only come to dominate the evangelical/charismatic network but increasingly the entire Church of England. It is not necessary to agree with all the conclusions ..read more
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Mike Pilavachi and Soul Survivor: Opening a can of worms
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by Stephen Parsons
2M ago
by Charles Clapham Like many others, I have been following the unfolding and tragic saga of Mike Pilavachi and the abuse at Soul Survivor as it has been come to light over the last year: the coverage in the Telegraph, the Soul Survivors podcast from Premier Christianity, the video Let there be Light from Matt and Beth Redman, and online discussion on blogs and social media, as well as the official responses and investigation from the Church of England. Whilst many church leaders still seem to be silent – not realising that their continued silence is part of the ongoing trauma and abuse – othe ..read more
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Church Leadership and Safeguarding
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by Stephen Parsons
2M ago
Many, perhaps most, of my readers will have watched the powerful video featuring Matt and Beth Redman entitled ‘Let There Be Light’. I don’t propose to analyse all the comments made by the Redmans about their experiences of working alongside Mike Pilavachi at Soul Survivor.  But there was one telling remark made by Matt when he was recounting the difficulty of reporting Mike’s abusive behaviour to those in authority in the Church. The comment that came back, when Matt took the courageous and difficult task of disclosure about a close colleague, was something to the effect of ‘that’s just ..read more
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