This resource is a consolidation of guidelines that CRC Synods have adopted over time, as a supplement to the Church Order, to equip churches to deal with an abuse allegation in a manner that is consistent with CRC beliefs and values. This version incorporates revisions adopted by Synod 2010 in response to recommendations from the Abuse Victim's Task Force Report, and Synod 2019 in response to recommendations of the Addressing the Abuse of Power Committee.
The Advisory Panel Process, outlined here, may be requested by an adult who would like to come forward with an allegation of abuse against a CRC church leader. The request for a panel to be convened may come through the church council, a safe church team member, or directly from the Safe Church Ministry office. Special training is provided by Safe Church for those seeking to serve as panel members and/or advocates in an Advisory Panel Process. Please feel free to contact Safe Church Ministry for details and for additional information.
Find the Guidelines for Handling Abuse Allegations Against a Church Leader below.
In addition, we offer a one-page flow chart that outlines the process.