There are many reasons to have safe church policies; for example, we want to provide a safe environment at church for faith to flourish. No one wants to believe that abuse could happen in church. The sad fact is that it does happen.
About 60 people attended the Safe Church Ministry conference April 25-26. The conference included a wide variety of workshops for those who are new to safe church as well as for those who have been involved for many years. There were many “newbies” present from classes where there are no active...
Porn is here and it will affect the church.
Circle of Grace is a primary prevention program that trains children and youth to be an active participant in creating a safe environment for themselves and others.
Preventing abuse takes bold leadership, leaders who are not afraid to talk about the issue and bring it out into the open.
Can a pastor deposed for sexual misconduct subsequently serve as an elder in a congregation?
This document shares the Christian Reformed Church's position statement on abuse as well as articles of the Church Order relevant to Safe Church.
This valuable resource for teens by Gayla R. Postma and Rev. William Veenstra discusses sex and intimacy in healthy relationships.
How can a church maintain a safe environment and also welcome criminal sexual offenders? This webinar will help answer that question.
This brochure asks the question: "How can a church minister to those with a criminal sexual history and still be safe?"
Check out these helpful websites to get a better understanding of child sexual abuse.
This bulletin insert describes bullying, why it is so harmful in our church communities, and what we can begin to do about it.
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.