The three mandates of safe church teams remain unchanged. They are: to offer education to increase awareness about abuse, to support those impacted by abuse, and to offer the Advisory Panel Process for handling allegations of abuse against a church leader.
“… Severe and repeated trauma during youth may have enduring effects upon both neurobiological and psychological development altering stress responsivity and altering adult behaviour patterns … these individuals experience a greatly increased risk of mood, anxiety and personality disorders throughout adult life.” - Adults Surviving Child Abuse http://www.asca.org.au/home.aspx
The work of peace and reconciliation is slow, painful and hard. It takes courage to enter in. Where have you seen that kind of courage expressed in the CRC? How can we foster openness and honesty in our church communities?
A happy relationship between a parent and a child is the most important foundation on which to build acceptable behaviour.
Domestic violence or relationship abuse refers to a pattern of behavior, not a one-time event, not anger out of control. It is intentional behavior used to establish control through coercion, fear, intimidation, isolation, or other methods. It often (not always) includes the use of, or the...
When is it an affair? When can it be defined as abuse? The answers may not always seem clear.
Even in our own countries, and even in our own churches, statistics about the percentage of women who have experienced violence is staggering.
It's hard not to get sucked in to all the Super Bowl hype. It’s a good thing to enjoy a game together, to appreciate the hard work and discipline that go into great athletic events. And there is God-given creativity expressed in ads that catch our attention. So, how do we watch the Super Bowl? Perhaps we watch with awareness.
“While poverty on its own does not result in child abuse and neglect, research clearly identifies a link between poverty and child abuse, mental health issues and woman abuse."
Find supplemental resources related to sexual abuse awareness.
Find supplemental resources related to criminal sexual history and involvement in church.
The CRCNA was nominated to the list by people in the CRCNA who were not helped, but were in fact were further hurt, by the response of the church in their experience of domestic abuse.
"We’re very excited about what we can offer at the conference this year!" — Bonnie Nicholas, Director of Safe Church MInistry for the Christian Reformed Church.
The men I'm a part of in an abuse support group are writing brief entries of their stories, and we believe it offers an alternative to the traditional 12 Step program. We're not convinced such programs are adequately meeting the needs of male survivors.
I would like to hear from leadership...
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres...."
Wherever we find ourselves right now, we must keep the long view in mind. Our strength lies in humility, trust, and patience through trials.
Seeking wisdom and past experience, but am staying incognito to protect the innocent.
Our church has been dealing with a husband for more than a year who has repeatedly violated his domestic-violence probation and been arrested. He is very religious-sounding, the type who speaks of...
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 12/04/2013 This webinar explores how churches can navigate between these truths so that the church becomes a safe and healing community, a station of hope for those who are repentant and seek the Lord's help to make better choices and walk in righteousness.
What to do? We’d rather not think about it – but that won’t stop those with a criminal sexual history from attending our church. To ignore, or not even consider the issue may be the most dangerous option of all.
"[Your church's] abuse prevention policy should confirm your organization’s commitment to providing a safe environment for children and declare zero tolerance for abuse, harassment or neglect committed by any children’s or youth ministry worker, including employees, members and volunteers." - Robertson Hall Insurance
The following songs from the Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal would work well for an abuse awareness service.
Rallies along the way will provide special opportunities for churches and individuals to learn about the harms associated with pornography and supports that are available to those affected by it.
Safe Church arises out of a call to be a community that reflects our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It's a collective calling; so our relationships are critical and the Bible provides the foundation.
Pay attention and report adults who repeatedly break boundaries and engage in inappropriate behaviour with children. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the risks of child sexual abuse.
"Churches are natural targets for sexual predators. Thay have large numbers of children, a shortage of willing workers, and a culture of trust that no Christian could be suspect of such exploitation... What is really needed is a healthy suspicion of human frailty, our own as well as others." - Bob Harvey, Faith Today