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...
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
If boundaries are less about rigid rules and more about a way of thinking about relationship; then what principles should serve to guide a ministry leader in setting helpful boundaries?
Find resources that relate to emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse.
At times it may seem that the person being abused doesn’t want help, but consider that the individual may be too scared to even consider reaching out to someone.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides.
Get started on your screening today! Your congregation will be a safer place because of your efforts.
Should regular boundary training be required for CRC pastors? Should the CRC adopt a code of ethical conduct for its pastors?
In my community, the tragic consequences of cyber-bullying have been front page news.
Can a congregation maintain a safe church environment and also welcome those who have offended sexually?
This short video and another helpful webinar will educate your congregation about abuse prevention and why it matters.
The CRCNA was recently featured in the July Newsletter of “The Hope of Survivors”, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting victims of pastoral sexual abuse and misconduct, as well as providing educational and informational materials and seminars to pastors and churches of every...
"What could possibly happen when you combine a little glue and glitter along with energetic kids and well-meaning volunteers?" A bit of planning will ensure that the environment you provide is secure and safe for all of the children who attend your VBS.
Remember that being in this situation is not your fault! Be true to yourself.
"Maybe we’ve focused so much on trying to keep children from becoming victims that we’ve forgotten to teach them not to be perpetrators."
Now is the time to think and prepare for next year.