New Wine Speaks Out About Safeguarding Query into Pilavachi
The leadership of New Wine has spoken out about the Safeguarding query into Mike Pilavachi. The statement came as a surprise given the allegations have been public for weeks. It gave no indication of expectation of additional allegations but it did put plenty of space between New Wine and the well connected Pilavachi.
The statement said,
“Like many of you, we have been surprised and saddened by the news of the safeguarding investigation into Mike Pilavachi and the distressing recent media reports. Given the ongoing investigation, we cannot comment on the specifics of this situation. However, we want to express our deep empathy and sadness for the pain this situation has caused and acknowledge the distress and concern many are experiencing. We commend the bravery of those who have come forward and we stand with them. We are committed to supporting and praying for all those impacted by this investigation.
“New Wine is committed to being a safe place for all and continues to work for excellence in safeguarding practice in all that we do. We seek to model humble and accountable leadership and are committed to helping church leaders in our network nurture safe communities of faith in which the hurting and abused are able to make disclosures, receive healing from Jesus and love, support and care from others.”