Response Teams

Bishops and district superintendents are responsible for ensuring that the church responds to allegations of misconduct by ministerial leaders, attending to both procedural justice and pastoral concern. There are many aspects to this full account of justice-making, requiring the involvement of different persons in distinct roles throughout a process of disclosure and healing.

A trained Response Team is a group of persons with expertise in specific areas of trauma ready to be deployed at the bishop’s command to facilitate the process of healing mandated by the Discipline.


Congregational Healing Guide


Response Team Training Description

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Using a Response Team

Using a Response Team in case of Sexual Misconduct: A Guide for Bishops and District Superintendents in the United Methodist Church

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Response Team

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Thanks to the Alabama-West Florida Conference for the use of this resource 

Compassionate Listeners

Compassionate Listeners   If you are planning an event on topics that may trigger emotions about personal experiences – abuse, grief, divorce, etc., consider including a Compassionate Listeners program in your planning and leadership.

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