Dear Churches: Stop Using NDAs and Other Silencing Strategies

Melissa J. Hogan
9 min readSep 1, 2022

Sunshine versus silencing. Light versus dark. Open versus sealed. Free versus gagged. There is a tension between each of these concepts that I think is woven throughout the Bible.

I recently had a conversation with Amy Fritz of the Untangled Faith podcast about the use of different types of silencing strategies — non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement agreements and clauses, protective orders, gag orders and other means to silence people — by churches, self-proclaimed “Christian” organizations, and other parties of…

Melissa J. Hogan

Lawyer. Author, “Afraid of the Doctor: Every Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma.” Find me at