Reporting Misconduct

Reporting Misconduct

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan takes sexual misconduct very seriously and is committed to supporting congregations to ensure that they are safe for everyone. To do so, many our churches have Safe Church policies to outline expectations and minimize risks.

Sexual misconduct by church leaders is a topic most people want to avoid. But, unfortunately, the church is not immune and abuse does occur with devastating effects. Victims deserve to be heard because the harm must be acknowledged, and if ongoing, stopped. Misconduct is a topic we need to talk about.

MC Sask believes that a church leader, regardless of credentials or position, should never enter into sexualized behaviour with a person for whom the leader is responsible or with whom they interact as a part of their professional or volunteer roles.

Sexualized behaviour can include inappropriate discussion of sexual matters, sexualized touching, actions or words that communicate sexual interest or add an overt sexual dimension to a relationship, and any breach of sexual ethical standards that govern church leaders.

The church leader is always responsible to prevent such behaviour.

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, we extend an invitation that we hope will help you move beyond the pain to a place of restoration and healing. If you are uncertain how to interpret what you experienced, we will find a professional you feel safe with to help you understand if your experience involved sexual misconduct.

If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by a church leader, your story deserves to be heard and you will be treated with dignity, respect, and without judgment. We want to hear about your experiences in a way that will feel safe, respectful, and supportive for you. Our responsibility is to hear your concerns and to ensure that abuse stops and is investigated thoroughly, respecting everyone concerned.

A person who believes that an MC Sask minister has engaged in ministerial sexual misconduct or other unethical behaviour is asked to inform our Executive Minister or our Chair of the Pastoral Leadership Commission.

MC Sask is committed to investigating all reports of misconduct and will follow the Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Church Canada Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedure. This policy is available below.

If you report misconduct, MC Sask will offer a contact person acceptable to you to assist you in preparing a complaint and, if you so desire, in selecting an individual to provide personal support to you.


Executive Minister

Ryan Siemens
Email:  minister@mcsask.ca
Phone: 306-249-4844 ext. 1

Chair of Pastoral Leadership Commission
Curtis Wiens
Email curtis.wiens@gmail.com
Phone: 306-371-8977

 

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