What language and labels are we using in our churches? By our words, do we extend grace and mercy to all people? Or do we label them by what they have done?
They wouldn’t want anyone treating one of their kids like a forgettable piece of furniture!
This video from Safe Church Ministry sheds light on issues of abuse.
Wherever we find ourselves right now, we must keep the long view in mind.
The opposite of living out of a blessed consciousness is living out of a cursed consciousness.
Are we able to see the evidence of abuse? Are those who suffer abuse in a relationship able to share what is happening without being blamed or judged?
Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, yet financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence.
Bullying: A Fact Sheet for Teachers and Leaders of Children and Youth gives a brief overview of the problem’s prevalence, characteristics, and how leaders should respond.
Our denomination and each of our congregations also have a culture. Is it a culture that promotes openness, or one that encourages hiding difficult struggles? What messages are implicit in our culture about disclosing experiences of abuse?
Find helpful resources related to domestic abuse.
Is our church body doing enough to advocate for our elderly, when they no longer have their voice and have become the “least among us”?
One Sunday each year (the fourth Sunday in September) has been designated Abuse Awareness Sunday. The annual email goes out, “Tell us what you did for Abuse Awareness Sunday”. Here are some responses from 2014.
Check out these powerful video resources related to abuse by clergy or ministry leaders.
In July, a news story hit the web about four male students who developed a fingernail polish that indicates the presence of date rape drugs by changing color after being dipped in the drink. While many applauded this invention, some saw negative implications.
The church, as a living, breathing organism, can be left in ashes and its membership spiritually wounded, if a report of sexual abuse is not handled properly.
Designed for small groups, but also valuable for personal use, this 10-session guide uses Bible study, reflection, writing, prayer, and art to engage people in active participation with God on a journey of restoration and healing.
This webinar is designed to help us understand the problem of domestic violence, so that we can recognize it and respond in practical and effective ways.
While questions remain about the NFL’s handling of domestic violence among players, further questions arise regarding how our culture, our church, views domestic abuse.
Find resources from Safe Church Ministry related to pornography awareness.
These websites offer excellent resources related to abuse by clergy or ministry leaders.
Abuse concerns us all and needs to be addressed by us all.
I was sexually assaulted by a professor from my Christian undergraduate university. After reporting it to the university, I sought out my church family and other Christian friends for guidance and comfort. What I often received, though, were pointed questions and veiled accusations...
Respect is the hallmark of healthy relationships in the home and in community. Expect respect to ensure personal safety and safe churches, homes and communities.
Becoming a proactive community that prevents abuse is part of being disciples of Christ!
The following resources from The Worship Sourcebook would work well for an abuse awareness service.