Facing the Storm | Sunday, 9/9

Posted by Dave Clayton on

Hello Ethos Family,

In my sermon on Sunday, I addressed some of the ways that Jesus brings healing in places of pain and brokenness in our lives, community, and throughout the world. Specifically, we discussed various ways that Jesus brings healing in places of sexual pain, brokenness, and abuse.

Conversations around sexual pain, brokenness, and abuse are always difficult, but they are especially difficult when these conversations are initiated by our own painful experiences. On Sunday, I addressed one of the ways that sexual brokenness has recently impacted our church family at the Cannery.

If you were not with us in person, you can listen to the sermon here.

As we move beyond our time together on Sunday, there are a few resources that I want to make you aware of.


We recognize that many people within our church family have been impacted by sexual pain, brokenness, and abuse. If you would like to pray with someone from our pastoral staff, we have provided a safe and secure way for you to do so. Below, we have provided contact information for two members from our pastoral staff who will serve as liaisons to help connect you with one of our leaders. Due to the nature of these conversations, men will pray with men, and women will pray with women.

• Women, email:
• Men, email:


While we clearly believe that prayer is powerful and effective, we also believe that God has gifted men and women with the insights and tools needed to help us navigate difficult life experiences. At Ethos Church, we proudly partner with several highly qualified, professionally licensed Christian counselors who are here to help you in your journey towards healing. If you would like to schedule a counseling appointment or browse our recommended counselors, you can do so here.


We believe it is our shared responsibility to create a safe environment for all people within our weekly worship gatherings, especially those who are young and most vulnerable. We praise God, that for the last 7 years (since we began Ethos Kids), we have operated with the highest standards regarding child protection. Whether you have children or not, we invite you download and review our Child Protection Policy; you can locate it online here. This will help us continue to create a safe environment for all people.


Although the public restroom is open to all members of the worship gathering, Ethos Church is now implementing additional safety and security measures at the Cannery Ballroom to control the safety of this space by installing urinal dividers in the men’s restroom; installing security cameras at the entrance of each restroom; creating and posting signage throughout each campus and within bathroom stalls to ensure parents escort children under the age of 13 to the public restrooms; and increasing Ethos staff presence in our public gathering spaces.

Each campus also has a respected member of the Metro Nashville Police Department present at each worship gathering to secure the main doors of each campus.


As I mentioned in my teaching, once we were made aware of this situation, we reported it to the proper authorities (Glen Funk, Nashville District Attorney). If you believe you have information that could be helpful, you can notify your campus pastor or send a message directly to or .

These conversations are difficult to have, but I am convinced that Jesus is already working powerfully among us. Please join us in praying that God will bring deep healing to those who have been affected by abuse and brokenness, and that He will use our church family as a beautiful witness to the power of Jesus to bring hope and healing in the midst of pain.


Dave Clayton & the Ethos Elder Team

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