"The God I serve is a God of presence, not a God of protection."
Even in the walking alongside, there is a decision to enter into places of pain, knowing that you will hurt along with them, knowing that there may not be answers to the deep questions that arise.
We always seem to say that King David committed adultery with Bathsheba. However, I would say that what King David did was sexual assault.
I am not advocating for us to raise unruly, disrespectful children. Yet, there must be a bridge in which we can disciple our children to be Christ-like AND have a voice.
In April, Safe Church leaders from the U.S. and Canada came together for strategic planning. One priority rose to the top. “We need to be able to talk about abuse!”
Are our churches willing to put aside our own opinions and views about the people who report sexual harassment in order to help them and to follow proper reporting procedures?
We often talk about bullying in schools and strategies to encourage decreased aggression for our children. But what about bullying in our everyday lives as adults in the church?
He felt covered with such shame and guilt that he only wanted to hide from the presence of God. Instead, Philip said that he heard the voice of God saying, “Now, come worship Me”.
There are ways to illustrate the horror and the impact of rape in the storyline, without explicitly showing the rape. What are your thoughts on this?
This webinar explores how healthy boundaries enhance ministry, how power dynamics influence ministry relationships, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Strangers are only a fraction of the offenders out there; most are people you see every day. Check out the The Circle of Grace curriculum for an all-inclusive approach to recognizing the signs of abuse.
Statistics have shown that people, even once they are out of abusive situations, often return to the abusive relationship. How are congregations equipped for the task of building up and walking alongside others?
One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and ignore this issue.
Find a variety of resources related to abuse awareness.
The 'Power and Control Wheel' has been used for many years to describe the central power and control dynamic that operates in many kinds of abusive relationships.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Check out this video clip and share how effective YOU think it is in helping people spot the signs of teen dating violence.
Which story would you rather read: A story about a woman alleging gang rape at a prestigious university? Or a story about how the reporter covering that story failed to maintain good journalistic standards?
A report from the American Psychological Association states that childhood psychological abuse not only is just as harmful as sexual and/or physical abuse, but can have “long-lasting impact”.
This helpful presentation on Bullying by Alicia Mannes (Licensed Professional Counselor) shares some key insights into the world of bullying.
One in four females and one in six males will be sexually abused by the time they reach 18. Are they missing from our congregations?
In our very broken world, training up a child is not an easy task. How could our church communities be more helpful to parents?
Check out these books, articles and other resources related to abuse by clergy or ministry leaders.
The webinar Healthy Boundaries in Ministry Relationships explores how healthy boundaries enhance ministry and how power operates in ministry relationships.
Restorative justice practices give concrete tools for entering into tough conversations and actually setting the stage for Christian reconciliation.
You never know who is walking into the front door of your church. A safe church policy is the insurance policy that will protect you when you need it the most.