Typically, those who trust others have a heart of empathy, are naively innocent (without “street smarts”), and are more easily taken advantage of. Predators know this and zero in on their target like a hunter on its prey.
One day Art Briles was celebrated as the new assistant head coach for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, a professional football team in the Canadian Football League. The next day the appointment was rescinded. Why?
How does your church handle the background check aspect of Safe Church policy?
Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity that fights exploitation, has several events coming up this fall in Canada. Check out the following opportunties!
When we find someone with passion for this ministry, we’re quick to label them a “team member.” Join our team! Help us assist the CRC in abuse awareness, prevention, and response.
Three CRC ministries, Race Relations, Disability Concerns, and Safe Church Ministry, are excited to put on a free, four-hour workshop on Sept. 9 that will bring together resources and opportunities to learn from each other. Come!
The Circle of Grace program speaks to my heart’s deepest desire to protect our most vulnerable, and give children the childhood they deserve, free from fear and turmoil.
The troubling reality is that pornography, shown to be damaging to children, remains a pervasive problem easily accessible to children—even through supposedly safe education resources like EBSCO.
How can church leaders maintain appropriate boundaries that ensure safety, without discriminating or feeding into sexism or legalism?
In contrast to God’s beautiful design, the sex industry takes an incredible gift and uses greed, violence, and coercion to exploit God’s image in people, and to destroy God’s design for relationship.
This piece, by counselor Krispin Mayfield and originally published by Off the Page (here), offers compassionate guidance for families reeling after the disclosure of abuse within their family.
What concrete steps can each congregation be doing to make your church a safer place? These ten guidelines, developed by Safe Church Ministry in partnership with Faith Formation Ministries, offer a helpful place to start.
We are looking for assistance with creating a policy for dealing with disruptions in our church services. Any ideas?
What does your congregation do to create safe spaces, where people feel safe enough to share honest struggles and untold stories?
Safe Church Ministry only works when we ALL work together. Here are some practical ways you can include Safe Church at your next classis meeting.
This one-day conference provides a wonderful opportunity to increase our understanding about abuse issues and to become better equipped for ministry.
Participating in Assault Awareness Month is not nearly as difficult or uncomfortable as many assume. How will your church make survivors feel safe this month?
Any month is a good time to focus on safe church ministry, but April provides some special opportunities to connect with your congregation.
How can I take not sinning seriously and not end up legalistic? How can I take not sinning seriously while still embracing God's grace?
With the recent influx of refugees into Canada, the Classis Huron Safe Church Team gathered to ask some questions about the intersection of refugee sponsorship and safe church.
If we want to minister effectively with those who have experienced rape, we need to examine what we believe about it, and how false thinking may influence our actions and words causing further harm.
We are excited to welcome Eric Kas as the new Safe Church Associate! He is excited to partner with you all as we strive for safe spaces in our churches.
A truly safe church environment is one where the congregation is aware of the many ways in which abuse is normalized in both secular and Christian cultures and is prepared to help survivors.