In 1994 Synod approved a full time staff position to focus on abuse prevention and response. Beth Swagman was hired later that year and served the denomination for 16 years. For 25 years, we've been talking about preventing and responding to abuse in our church contexts. Some things change and some stay the same.
This five-part series considers what the Bible says about power and how we might better follow Jesus’ way of self-emptying power (Philippians 2). This series is a partnership between the CRC's Safe Church Ministry and the Office of Social Justice.
I wanted to share my experience as a new Classis Coordinator in Classis Hamilton. I'm curious, what has your experience been? What can we learn from each other?
Listen to two stories of how attending the Safe Church conference ignited fruitful safe church ministry in central Montana and in western Michigan. Consider what it could mean where you live and worship.
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?
Safe Church Ministry only works when we ALL work together. Here are some practical ways you can include Safe Church at your next classis meeting.
This video from Safe Church Ministry sheds light on issues of abuse.