A Public Statement Concerning Sexual Abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ

At City Church we take seriously the call of Jesus Christ to care for the little ones he has entrusted to us. The call to shepherd God’s flock (1 Peter 5:2) involves a specific call to protect the most vulnerable amongst us. If you have questions regarding City Church's policy, please contact Jennifer Murphy, our Director of Children's Ministry, and jennifer@citychurchrva.com.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse and want to talk with someone, we invite you to contact Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com), Meg (meg@citychurchrva.com), or me (john@citychurchrva.com) for support, prayer, and access to additional resources if desired. All information will be kept confidential.


Justin Holcomb, one of my former pastors and seminary professors, has posted a public statement concerning sexual abuse in the church. This statement is a clear and concise call for the church to respond to abuse in a way that is faithful to Jesus Christ:

Recent allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up within a well known international ministry and subsequent public statements by several evangelical leaders have angered and distressed many, both inside and outside of the Church. These events expose the troubling reality that, far too often, the Church’s instincts are no different than from those of many other institutions, responding to such allegations by moving to protect her structures rather than her children. This is a longstanding problem in the Christian world, and we are deeply grieved by the failures of the American and global Church in responding to the issue of sexual abuse. We do not just believe we should do better; as those who claim the name of Jesus and the cause of the Gospel, we are convinced we must do better. In the hope that a time is coming when Christian leaders respond to all sexual abuse with outrage and courage, we offer this confession and declare the Good News of Jesus on behalf of the abused, ignored and forgotten...

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