Seeking wisdom and past experience, but am staying incognito to protect the innocent.
Our church has been dealing with a husband for more than a year who has repeatedly violated his domestic-violence probation and been arrested. He is very religious-sounding, the type who speaks of repentance to some, and of hatred of those who try to help to others. Continued unwillingness to follow court orders causes many of church council to be unconvinced of true repentance. The wife and children, who now live separately, are fearful, always, that he will someday kill them in his unpredictable rages. The family is very involved in our CRC, and he cannot attend at all because of the restraining order. He continues to attend church functions which he knows his family will not be present. He is the type who will come back to services as soon as the law allows, even though the wife and children would be terribly uncomfortable, no — "terrified" is the better word — with him in the sanctuary for worship. How has any church handled this? Not looking for advice from the inexperienced — I'm looking for churches WHO HAVE DONE SOMETHING.