Safe Church Ministry is working on a toolkit for churches to respond to the #MeToo movement. Understanding how abuse happens, often through a process of grooming, will be a part of that toolkit.
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Did you know that Safe Church Ministry started out as the Office of Abuse Prevention? Think of the heartache avoided by preventing abuse before it happens. Surely churches belong at the front lines.
Safe Church Ministry is working on a toolkit for churches. Responding to immediate needs will be a part of that toolkit. We hope that this article is a helpful preview.
What would you do if you saw a child in your church nursery with suspicious looking bruises? Do you know who is a “mandated reporter,” and what it means to fill out a DHS-3200? These are all important things churches must know.
Safe Church Ministry began as the Office of Abuse Prevention; prevention must be a primary focus of our work. Therefore, we have step one — be prepared. Our response efforts will always be weak and lacking without this foundation.
Is there a 'safe church' policy whereby email addresses submitted to the church for church business are used just for this purpose?
An effective response to abuse is not possible without understanding the dynamics and impacts of abuse, especially the power dynamic.
I'm looking for a good abuse prevention video to show to staff and volunteers who work with youth.
The Abuse Awareness topic for Safe Church last year was The Sex Industry and the Church. After I sent out a letter to pastors across the CRC about our topic, I had many great conversations with old and new friends.
Silence is no longer an option. In this watershed #MeToo moment, the Church must be ready to respond to sexual abuse. How will it happen in your classis?
What has the church done to close the gender gap, and what still needs to be done in light of the #MeToo movement?
A must listen for the church: Rachael Denhollander powerfully delivers her Victim Impact Statement. Let’s listen, empathize, and respond with sacrificial actions in our communities.
We are so excited as plans are coming together and getting finalized for our 2018 Safe Church biennial conference. Our focus will be equipping people (YOU!) for effective safe church ministry.
Looking back at Safe Church Ministry in 2017 and looking forward to another year on mission together with Jesus in 2018.
I’m writing this from a hospital room in Detroit, where my husband is resting after undergoing successful spine surgery.
We’ve seen various responses to stories of sexual harassment and abuse, in the political realm and in the celebrity realm. What about in the Church? What will our response be?
A recent article in Christianity Today highlights a few of the reasons why it can be difficult for those who have survived abuse to be in church.
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.