When a tragedy like the shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX, occurs, it's normal for church members to wonder what they would do if a similar thing happened to their congregation. Let's talk.
CRC Safe Church Ministry is offering mini-grants, of up to $2,000 each, to Safe Church team members, for planning educational or team training events that fit within our mission.
Recently several members of my church met to discuss safe church ministry and how trauma healing might fit in with the vision. We see it as a powerful tool for ministry!
There is an “us” and “them” mentality that is intrinsic when you are a survivor and this is plays out in the church. “If the church knew what I lived through or had done, people would never speak to me again,” I thought.
Does anyone have a litany or prayer that might be used in a local crisis center with staff who daily work with survivors of abuse?
The movement of #metoo didn’t start overnight. It didn’t even start after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out. Movements are slow things that hopefully last for the long haul.
Our church is looking at its child protection policies and are at the point where we could likely do all of our training in house. How do we know our training will be sufficient for insurance companies?
Check out a sample of past and future Safe Church events that are designed to help congregations live into God’s mission, especially in the way we prevent and respond to abuse.
Safe Church is confronting the pervasive darkness of the sex industry as an evil that destroys lives not just "out there," but in our homes and neighborhoods.
Typically, those who trust others have a heart of empathy, are naively innocent (without “street smarts”), and are more easily taken advantage of. Predators know this and zero in on their target like a hunter on its prey.
One day Art Briles was celebrated as the new assistant head coach for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, a professional football team in the Canadian Football League. The next day the appointment was rescinded. Why?
How does your church handle the background check aspect of Safe Church policy?
Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity that fights exploitation, has several events coming up this fall in Canada. Check out the following opportunties!
When we find someone with passion for this ministry, we’re quick to label them a “team member.” Join our team! Help us assist the CRC in abuse awareness, prevention, and response.
Three CRC ministries, Race Relations, Disability Concerns, and Safe Church Ministry, are excited to put on a free, four-hour workshop on Sept. 9 that will bring together resources and opportunities to learn from each other. Come!
The Circle of Grace program speaks to my heart’s deepest desire to protect our most vulnerable, and give children the childhood they deserve, free from fear and turmoil.
The troubling reality is that pornography, shown to be damaging to children, remains a pervasive problem easily accessible to children—even through supposedly safe education resources like EBSCO.
How can church leaders maintain appropriate boundaries that ensure safety, without discriminating or feeding into sexism or legalism?
In contrast to God’s beautiful design, the sex industry takes an incredible gift and uses greed, violence, and coercion to exploit God’s image in people, and to destroy God’s design for relationship.
This piece, by counselor Krispin Mayfield and originally published by Off the Page (here), offers compassionate guidance for families reeling after the disclosure of abuse within their family.
What concrete steps can each congregation be doing to make your church a safer place? These ten guidelines, developed by Safe Church Ministry in partnership with Faith Formation Ministries, offer a helpful place to start.
We are looking for assistance with creating a policy for dealing with disruptions in our church services. Any ideas?
What does your congregation do to create safe spaces, where people feel safe enough to share honest struggles and untold stories?