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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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The Gospel Workers’ Advocacy Group (GWAG) began in 2018 out of a desire to assist gospel workers who have been employed in churches and similar organisations, but as a consequence of that employment suffered a particular type of mistreatment. By this we refer to abuse, bullying and in some cases the unfair termination of their jobs, with the associated consequences for health, family, church, ministry, employment, community and housing. GWAG believes in the sacredness and centrality of faithful gospel ministry and for that reason alone would be delighted if there was no call for this group. The unfortunate experiences of many of our friends and colleagues, however, indicates a long-standing, urgent and ongoing need to assist gospel workers who have suffered poor treatment from those responsible for their welfare as employees.
In addition you will find a number of anonymous accounts of gospel workers within churches and para-church organisations. Those accounts which largely formed the initial impetus for the formation of GWAG. All written accounts have been vouched for by at least two and usually more members of GWAG committee.

You will also find practical advice for what to do in situations where you are experiencing unfair treatment, or where you are aware that such treatment is going on. Some advice is specific to a local situation; in particular any legal advice here although it has been provided by legal professionals should not be solely relied upon, but must be checked against the advice your own legal professional

what we do

The focus of this group is on those paid to work as members of a ministry team in a church or parachurch, whether as ordained assistants, youth and children’s workers, or lay team members. It is not on ordained senior ministers or ministry leaders.Although we enjoy support from a number of senior ministers (rectors, vicars, pastors and similar), we are not here to represent their interests. We recognise that paid employees of a church are not the only ones who will suffer from bullying behaviour. However for practical and historical reasons our focus currently lies with employees.

Our focus is on members of
ministry teams

The focus of this group is on those paid to work as members of a ministry team in a church or parachurch, whether as ordained assistants, youth and children’s workers, or lay team members. It is not on ordained senior ministers or ministry leaders. Although we enjoy support from a number of senior ministers (rectors, vicars, pastors and similar), we are not here to represent their interests. We recognise that paid employees of a church are not the only ones who will suffer from bullying behaviour. However for practical and historical reasons our focus currently lies with employees.
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