Report on Jonathan Fletcher

Mar 24, 2021 by

The full and final report of the independent Lessons Learned review by Thirtyone:eight concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon was published on Tuesday 23 March. The 146 page report, which also contains an audit of the current safeguarding arrangements at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon can be accessed on the ‘Walking With’ website here. The report contains 66 separate recommendations grouped together under 18 themes which range from leadership and accountability, to effective safeguarding and support for survivors.

More summary and comment, newer items at the top:

Church Society responds to the Fletcher report

“Dear William Taylor…”: a public letter from Glen Scrivener and Sam Allberry on the blog site Soul In Formation admonishes the Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate for “improper use of the pulpit” to criticise the independent advisers to the ThirtyOne:Eight report, and “mistaken use of power”.

A guide to the responses to the Jonathan Fletcher reportby Cara Bentley, Premier

London church explains how it missed signs of abuse but says culture has changed, from Premier. Tola Mbakwe interviews Robin Weekes the current vicar of Emmanuel Church

Fletcher-review advisers demand answers from leaders, Church Times (£)

Full Report on Jonathan Fletcher and Conservative Evangelicals Released by David Ould

Enabling Abuse Invites God’s Judgment by Pete Nicholas, The Gospel Coalition

Jonathan Fletcher – “the Pope of Conservative Evangelicalism” – was an abusive bully by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer

UK: Leading Anglican Evangelical Exposed as Sexual Abuser in 146-page report by David Virtue, Virtueonline

Damning report uncovers serious safeguarding failures at Jonathan Fletcher church: summary from Christian Today

Response from Emmanuel Wimbledon

Response from CEEC

Response from Anglican Network in Europe:

“Every victim’s experience, every exposed fact, every discovered sin, every distorted value points us to our need for the grace and truth of Jesus as revealed in scripture, and for our systems and culture to be continually re-assessed and intentionally re-shaped by the teaching of Christ.

As a new Anglican structure, the ANiE is committed to ensuring that we have the highest standards of safeguarding expressing our gospel values and we are determined to learn and nurture an open culture of gracious but clear accountability.”

More general articles on abusive leadership:

Linda Woodhead reviews ‘Sex, Power, Control: Responding to Abuse in the Institutional Church’, Surviving Church blog

Key Signs of an Abusive Pastor #3: Overly Critical and Harsh with Othersby Michael Kruger, Canon Fodder

Talented Pastors and the Plurality Principle, by Dave Harvey, The Gospel Coalition

Abuse of power in Christian circles: some reflections on Psalm 103by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream (from 2019)


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