What is the Jesus Fellowship Redress Scheme?
In 2013 the Jesus Fellowship Church (JFC) invited people to make disclosures about their experiences of the Church and many came forward with disclosures related to pastoral abuse and bullying as well as financial, physical and sexual abuse.
This information was passed to the Police, who launched Operation Lifeboat, examining non-recent abuse in the JFC. As a result, a number of criminal cases were successfully prosecuted through the courts.
The reputation of the Church was badly damaged and the confidence of members of the Church was profoundly shaken.
On Sunday 26th May 2019, the members of the JFC voted to revoke the Church's constitution. The national Church, formerly also known as the Jesus Army, no longer exists and local congregations have either been disbanded or become autonomous.
The winding up of the New Creation Christian Community (NCCC), which formed an integral part of JFC, now falls to the Trustees of Jesus Fellowship Community Trust (JFCT).
Apology for the past
The Trustees and the members of the JFCT recognise that, over a sustained period of time, there have been faults and failures in the Church that have had a profound impact on many people's lives.
The Trustees and members are deeply sorry for, and appalled by, the abuse that has taken place within Jesus Fellowship Church and the New Creation Christian Community and offer heartfelt sympathy and unreserved apology to all those affected. Children and vulnerable people were entitled to expect full protection from harm.
The JFCT Trustees and members acknowledge the pain many of those people continue to feel. As things have become clearer to us, we are grieved and deeply troubled.
While the Trustees have a legal obligation to provide for the welfare of current members of the JFCT, the Trustees have agreed to provide help and recompense for those who suffered abuse or poor treatment in the past. The Trustees are committed to provide resources to help former and current members towards closure from the mistakes and painful experiences of the past.
A Redress Reference Group, made up of trustees; current and past members; and survivors and their representatives and independent professionals, is leading the development of this Redress Scheme detailed on this website. While harm cannot be undone, the Trustees hope that this can be of some help to those who feel they can engage with the scheme.
Links to support, both funded by the JFCT and provided by independent organisations, are available on further pages of this website.
The Trustees are committed to working with the Police and Social Services to ensure that all allegations of abuse that come to light are dealt with appropriately and encourage anyone with concerns to report them.
Anyone with safeguarding issues or concerns, whether non-recent or current, should refer them to Ruth Barber or Emma Hooper at the Jesus Fellowship Safeguarding Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you do not feel comfortable approaching someone from the Jesus Fellowship Church, you are encouraged to contact the Police directly or the Safeguarding Helpline run by a support organisation independent of the Church and the Community Trust.
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