We provide a pathway for Christian leaders who have committed moral failure to experience repentance, renewal, and restoration.
"Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself." - Galatians 6:1
What Is It?
Re:Start is an initiative of several ministries partnering together to help facilitate the restoration of Christian workers who have been involved in sin of a sexual nature, also known as moral misconduct. The purpose is to present a process that provides the opportunity for restoration to take place on the field, instead of sending people home: restoration rather than punishment, healing rather than hiding.
When it comes to light that Christian workers have engaged in sin of a sexual nature ministries and organizations may find themselves inadequately equipped in how to process misconduct amongst staff. The opportunity for such failure is plenty and sadly this issue is one that has been hidden or ignored for far too long. We believe there is a need for a comprehensive model of restoration that is Biblical, compassionate and thorough.
No one has to be sent home with limited resources and/or limited help. Our desire is to see all people who choose moral misconduct walk into the light, repent of their sin(s), and begin a process of renewal thereby leading to restoration in their faith, their families and their ministries. We believe this is best done through authenticity, honesty, and vulnerability with a core group of trusted individuals as well as within community.
We envision the process of support consisting of repentance, renewal, and restoration.
Repentance: The Immediate
Repentance is shown when the person who has sinned has agreed to commit to a process of restoration in their life (i.e. a 12-18 month process).
Renewal: The Intermediate
Renewal includes addressing the core issues that led to moral misconduct through meeting with a trained counselor, spiritual mentors, and appropriate peer support.
Restoration: The Long-Term
Restoration is brought through continual accountability and ultimately a life transformation. We believe that through repentance, renewal, and restoration that we can see those who have fallen into moral misconduct step into a new life of Godly living in accordance with Scripture.