2020 Safe Church Webinar Series

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Safe Church is hosting a monthly webinar (at 12 pm Eastern) on the last Wednesday of each month throughout 2020 in order to better connect, collaborate, and coordinate to end abuse. Here is an overview of all the webinars in 2020! We will be updating this page with written recaps and links to view the recorded webinars. Stay Tuned!

January 29 Connection Call: An Introduction to the Webinar Series. We also shared the guiding goals of Safe Church Ministry, and ideas for collaborating on Safe Church Resources. 

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March 25 Connection Call: Creating a Safe Church Team in your classis and in your congregation. Note: we did not have a February webinar. 

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April 29 Webinar with Ruth Everhart, author of The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct. Watch the webinar and find more resources here. 

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May 27 Webinar with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse. View the webinar recording here

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June 24 Webinar with guest presenters Yvonne Lammers and Patricia Van Reenan, from the Safe Church Team in Classis Chatham on the topic: How the Church Responds to Those With a Criminal History

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July 29 Webinar with Tara Boer on the topic: Why the ACE Study Matters: Implications for Serving Those that Have Experienced Trauma and Adversity. Tara Boer is a Certified ACEs Trainer,  Instructor of Social Work and Criminal Justice at Dordt University, and Safe Church Coordinator in Classis Iakota and Classis Heartland.  Find out about the study of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how families and church communities can offer important protective and mitigating factors.

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August 26 Webinar with Boz Tchividjian (at 12 pm Eastern). Boz is the founder of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) and will speak to us about his many years of experience empowering Christian communities to recognize, prevent and respond to abuse. View the webinar recording here!

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September 30th Webinar with Jay Stringer (12pm Eastern), Author of Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing. Jay Stringer is a CRC minister and licensed mental health therapist who has done years of research and uncovered the deep-rooted issues that lead to sexual brokenness. View the recording here!

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October 28th Webinar with Diane Langberg (12pm Eastern),

Dr. Diane Langberg is the director of Diane Langberg, Ph.D. & Associates, staffed by a group of Christian psychologists, social workers and counselors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She serves on the clinical faculty at Biblical Theological Seminary where she co-leads the Global Trauma Recovery Institute with Dr. Phil Monroe. She is the author of many books on topics related to trauma, suffering and God’s power to overcome. Her most recent, was released on October 20, is called, Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church

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Dec. 2 - Raising our Voices. (A pre-recorded webinar)

Our final Safe Church 2020 Webinar will be December 2 at noon Eastern time. This webinar will feature two courageous people who will raise their voices to share with us from their own experience of abuse, what it was like for them and how the church responded in ways that were helpful, and perhaps sometimes in ways that were unhelpful. 

Our hope and prayer is that these webinars inspire and lead to fruitful safe church ministry in a variety of contexts, and that they will become helpful resources for churches as we work together to effectively prevent and respond to abuse.

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