The California church, Echo Church, is defending its decision to keep former employees under a non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreement.
According to The Roys Report, a petition is circulating, calling for the church to release employees from the NDAs amid allegations of abuse by former pastor Andy Wood.
The group “Echo Survivors” claims the church is using the NDAs to “silence” victims of the alleged abuse. The petition had about 1,200 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
The church, however, said in a statement that the NDAs are about “avoiding gossip” in the church.
“Some of our separation or termination agreements in the past asked employees to agree ‘to not disparage or slander the reputation of the church, its directors, pastors and staff, or any church members/attendees’ and also stated that the church ‘agrees to abide by this same condition’ toward the staff member,” the statement said.
“The heart of this was to serve as a reminder for the church…