There are churches, and then there are mega-churches. One such mega-church was headed by a very charismatic pastor who had taken it from small gathering of 70 worshippers to a brand-spanking new $30 million facility that thousands attended each Sunday. Then someone started to spread "rumors" about the pastor that accused him of unsavory acts with boys.
The church's elders hired Wiley when a local TV news crew showed up at the pastor's home. What they saw as a plain and simple smear campaign was quickly getting out of hand. People in the congregation were starting to ask questions and the elders realized they needed more than prayer.
Wiley began by telling them that he could be more effective if representing the church itself and not the pastor. They resisted but agreed. Soon thereafter, the allegations escalated. Two men told the elders they had been sexually assaulted by the pastor when they were boys. Then, reports surfaced that the pastor had been arrested while on vacation for allegedly exposing himself to boys in a public restroom on the beach.
The local newspaper found out about the claims and assigned two reporters to the story fulltime with the plan to not write anything until they had most of the details confirmed. Wiley then recommended that the elders hire a highly regarded public investigation firm and give the firm unlimited freedom to pursue his probe. They hired a former police detective and turned him loose. However, his work revealed several new cases in which men claimed the pastor had abused them as boys. The elders chose to terminate his services before he could write his final report.
It was a difficult assignment, but Wiley's advice to separate the church from the pastor helped the church to be at arm's length when the truth finally surfaced. Too much time had passed since the alleged incidents for the pastor to be charged, but he was forced to retire within the year. The church went through a rough period, but recovered.