Update – April 2019
We, the Trustees of the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust, recognise that over a sustained period of time there have been many faults and failures that have had a profound impact on many people’s lives.
The Trustees are treating this extremely seriously and a Working Group has been established to include representatives from Trustees, present and former church and Trust members and their children, and other professionals.
The trustees confirm they are committed to setting up a suitable redress scheme reflecting the outcomes from the Working Group.
Update – November 2018
In 2013 the Jesus Fellowship Church initiated a disclosure process in which we heard from people who had bad experiences connected with the church.
The members of the church wanted to do something in response. We set up a counselling scheme which has already been much used. We also started to set up a redress scheme to offer support to people.
To properly set up this scheme we needed to bring together a working party of interested individuals who could represent the needs of different stakeholders. This would ensure that the scheme works for them. Nominations to this working party have been received and information is being gathered to help set it up.
Alongside this, there is a need to find a suitable mediator/facilitator to help this group work constructively towards a mutually agreed end. It looks as though the search for this person is nearing its conclusion.
We don’t yet know how many meetings of this working party will be needed.
We want this scheme to be up and running as soon as possible, but we can’t yet give an exact date when this will be.
We do believe that real and significant progress has been made on this scheme and we know that it is important to keep all stakeholders informed about this. More information will be provided as soon as it is available.