As you may know, NBC4 has done a series of stories on Dwell. With this in mind, we’re offering a chance to interact about it on this webpage: dwellcc.org/NBC4Dialogue. You can ask questions, add your comments, and share your concerns.
You can also read the full response Dwell pastors gave NBC4 at https://dwellcc.org/NBC4Interview.
Dwell pastor James Rochford says the reports present a difficult challenge. “We sincerely want to grow from mistakes and repent of any sins we’ve committed but it's difficult to respond to claims on social media that are unfalsifiable–there’s no feasible way to interact with an anonymous person or with anonymous claims.”
James says there’s another difficulty. “Those who want to accuse us publicly can say anything they want; however, if we took the same action in return, this would be viewed as slander, gas-lighting, victim-shaming, and/or emotional abuse. It would be inappropriate to share that person's harmful actions in a public setting.”
James says we have many safeguards, accountability, and pastoral oversight to help when there’s been a wrong. “For this reason, we should evaluate claims on a case by case basis. We would be remiss if we didn't hear both sides of the story before making a judgment. As Solomon states, ‘The first to present his case seems right, until another comes forward and questions him" (Prov. 18:17).’”