It is a “spiritual sickness” that affects over 50% of all congregations, and every month it is “responsible” for over 1,500 clergy leaving “active” ministry worldwide.
Medical experts, leading theologians, sociologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and church historians expose what is called the “Clergy Killer Phenomenon.”
The reality of “the clergy killer phenomenon” is that evil has found a great vulnerability in organized religion.
Within a congregation, clergy killers are usually few in number. Yet, because they are willing to violate all the traditional beliefs and practices of spiritual faith and mission, the intimidation they inflict on today’s clergy is uncompromising and unlike anything people might experience in a secular workplace.
Among the many professionals interviewed is Dr. G. Lloyd Rediger, who coined the “clergy killer” phrase and is the world’s premier authority on this growing syndrome. Some people, upon hearing the term for the first time, think it is too harsh and extreme and that no one deserves being called a clergy killer.
However, once people hear firsthand accounts of the devastation wreaked upon ordained men and women and their families and congregations, they understand comments from people like Dr. James Forbes, Senior Pastor Emeritus of Riverside Church in New York City, who say that the term “clergy killer” is not strong enough!
Throughout this documentary, it becomes apparent that denominational officials, seminaries and lay leaders have either been unequipped to rescue attacked pastors or they have chosen to ignore the problem, hoping that it will just go away.
The film ends with professionals teaching that there are ways to address the clergy killer phenomenon, but it is a problem that needs to be addressed now.
BETRAYED the film confirms that there is a pandemic stretching around the globe at an alarming rate, one of which most people are unaware even exists.
BETRAYED represents an art of cinematography that collects interviews with today’s leading theologians, ministers and preachers in breathtaking sequences explaining the Clergy Killer phenomenon.
BETRAYED a perfect documentary that was shot and lit in churches around the world, and the film shows the struggles it took to get that perfect look.
BETRAYED it is a Christian cinematic treasure. A great documentary that concentrates on the real unsung heroes of our Christian Faith!
BETRAYED is the equivalent of our walk with Christ in troubling times facing the church today. A special feature on the DVD is a prayer by Dr. James Forbes that was shot in the Riverside Church in New York.
BETRAYED is the best protection you can buy for employment security and to ensure that your church continues to grow in the faith and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you have not been confronted with a “Clergy Killer” in your congregation, you need to watch this film. If you have been confronted with a “Clergy Killer” you need to watch this film.
FILM: BETRAYED: The Clergy Killer’s DNA
Run Time: 93 minutes
4 1/2 Stars