Here’s a public relations nightmare in the works: A church hires a registered sex offender to do janitorial work. The local paper covers the story with some bias. A quote from a church staff member that says the hire is a “non-event” is followed up by the observation, “The church is in close proximity to the town’s new swimming pool which will soon be filled with youngsters. And the church has many young parishioners of its own.” Then comes the news that this is the second sex offender working at the church.
You can debate the merits of those staffing decisions all you want. Extend grace to the marginalized or protect the children? It’s a debate we’ve had before.
But here’s the twist: How should the church respond when it feels it’s been misrepresented in the local news? The Monday Morning Insight is collecting advice on the best way to respond.