After-pastors are serving churches where previous clergy misconduct has
taken place, it may be of a sexual nature, regarding financial matters or
any violation of the sacred trust. This violation has the potential to
create unhealthy dynamics within the local church. Distrust of the current
pastor, lack of trust in the denomination, poor communication and decisions
that get changed outside of the official meetings are but a few of the
presenting symptoms. A more complete description can be found by viewing the
page "What is an after-pastor church"
or within some of the resource books noted.
Those in this ministry by accident or by design may need training,
awareness and support to fulfill the mission of restoring the integrity of
the Pastoral Office wherever possible. Pastoral ministry in a church wounded
by misconduct is usually frustrating, demanding and efforts to grow or
expand are unfruitful or short lived at best. How a given pastor responds to
this environment can make matters worse. It will also require a non-anxious
presence to help stabilize these churches.
This web site is intended to provide after-pastors with information and
support about serving wounded churches, resources for this unique ministry
and a forum to offer supportive guidance. Comments, suggestions and
reflections may be submitted to this site by e-mailing at: