Looking back at Safe Church Ministry in 2017 and looking forward to another year on mission together with Jesus in 2018.
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.
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.
When we find someone with passion for this ministry, we’re quick to label them a “team member.” Join our team! Help us assist the CRC in abuse awareness, prevention, and response.
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I can still remember the hurt and anger in her words as she explained why the abuse she endured from her father as a child has made returning to the church impossible for her.
I was telling a church member that I would not be able to attend the retreat because I didn't have the $40.00. I then told one of the leaders I couldn't go this year. Without hesitation, she said...
In April, Safe Church leaders from the U.S. and Canada came together for strategic planning. One priority rose to the top. “We need to be able to talk about abuse!”
The CRC has encouraged each classis to have a Safe Church Team and each church to have a representative on that team. Here are some helpful resources for these teams and representatives!
Recommended steps for child safety this summer.
The Advisory Panel Process: A Guide for Church Councils on Responding to Allegations of Abuse by Church Leaders
The Advisory Panel Process has been put in place to support Christian Reformed congregations in responding to church leader misconduct.
The goal of a classis Safe Church Team is to help each congregation build and sustain healthy interactions between church leaders and those who participate in church programs or worship at the church.
Sample letters for pastors, churches, and prospective Safe Team Members to be used for Classis Safe Church Team recruiting.
Sample bulletin announcements for recruiting members for a classis Safe Church Team.
A brochure detailing the key elements of the process and what the accused and the accuser need to know.
Guidelines for recruiting and selecting the members of a Safe Church Team.
This document includes all the steps, approximate costs and the organizational structure of a Safe Church Team.
Advocates provide support for claimants through the advisory panel process. This document outlines the role of the advocate.
Insurance company devoted to reducing the risk of abuse in the church by providing sample child safety policies, insurance coverage, church volunteer training, written and video resources
CLEO provides many services, including booklets on abuse-related topics that are downloadable; example - Elder Abuse: The Hidden Crime
Faith-based organization that provides written and video resources for the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, and church leader misconduct .