We refer to the article in The New Paper dated Oct 4, titled "Practise What You Preach: Mother of woman sacked by church says pastor should be more forgiving".
The church is disappointed that TNP did not interview or obtain a response from the church before publishing the article.
Notwithstanding, the church would like to clarify the following matters: (1) The application is not about money. The church has paid to its former employee the compensation ordered by the Ministry of Manpower, without prejudice to its rights. Regardless of the outcome of the application in court, the church will not be asking for the compensation to be returned.
The church empathises with the position of its former employee and her family. The church had in fact offered her avenues of assistance, full details of which are found in the court documents.
Moving forward, there continue to be avenues of assistance if she requires them, and the church is ready and willing to help her to obtain such assistance.
(2) The application in court was made by the church to seek clarification from the court on the circumstances under which the church can govern its own affairs, including whether the church may terminate, for sufficient cause, the employment of their employees on grounds of misconduct, sexual or otherwise.
The application was not made by our Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong, and it is not in any way directed against nor does it involve its former employee.
(3) One of the church's core functions include exhorting and guiding Christians to live exemplary lives and conduct their affairs in a manner consistent with Christian teachings, and to provide spiritual leadership and guidance to its members.