Safe Church Advisory Panel Process Training: Oct. 19 in Grand Rapids, MI (And: Sept.28 in Burlington, ON; Oct. 4-5 in Charlottetown, PE)


Safe Church Ministry is hosting a Grand Rapids area Advisory Panel Process Training. This specialized training will prepare trainees to respond with compassion and justice when an allegation of abuse is made against a church leader. (Note: Advisory Panel Process Training is also happening in Canada! See last two paragraphs for times and places)

WHEN: Saturday, October 19th. Doors open at 8:45am, training will begin at 9am, lunch at noon, and concluding at around 3:30pm.

WHAT: To learn more about the Advisory Panel Process (APP) you can view a snapshot of its description and when it is put into practice by viewing this link.

Please register at: Lunch will be provided, compliments of Safe Church Ministry. The facilitators of the training will be Pat Scheffers and Lois Hecksel, who each have many years of panel experience.

What is the APP? 

One of the mandates of the classis safe church team (SCT) is to provide an Advisory Panel Process when allegations of abuse are brought by an adult against a church leader. The process is to be followed when: a) the claimant is a legal adult (there is no statute of limitations in this ecclesiastical process, so alleged abuse may have taken place when claimant was a child or adolescent) and b) the alleged abuse is physical or sexual in nature, and involves a CRC church leader (we may also discuss how emotional abuse may fit into this process, which is a new adopted motion of Synod 2019 (3.F.1 viewable here)

This training is also appropriate for pastors, ministry leaders, council members or others who would like to learn more about the process or about church leader misconduct. How does this happen? How does it affect individuals and church communities? And how can the APP help? Even if you never serve on an Advisory Panel, this training is valuable, and will help you be able to offer the process as an option to those who may need it.

Have questions? 

Send an email to Eric Kas (Safe Church Associate): [email protected] or leave a comment below. 


We also have Advisory Panel Process trainings happening in Burlington, Ontario as well as Charlottetown, PEI - Read below for the specifics!

What: Advisory Panel Process Training

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 9am -3pm (we will make last minute room for you!)

Where: CRCNA Offices, 3475 Mainway, Burlington, ON

For more information please contact Marian Lensink at [email protected] or register here.


What: Advisory Panel Process Training

When: Friday evening, Oct 4, and Saturday, Oct 5, 9am -3pm

Where: Charlottetown CRC in Charlottetown, PEI

For more information about the training in the Maritimes please contact Rachel Boehm at 902.424.1794 or by email at [email protected]. To register, please contact Jacintha de Deboer of Charlottetown CRC at [email protected].

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