It’s a busy fall for Safe Church Ministry. And that’s good because we believe that Safe Church helps congregations live into God’s mission. It’s a mission that has not changed since the beginning of time. It’s all about God, calling a people to be his own, to bear his name, and to be his witness. How do we build communities that reflect God’s love, justice, and grace to a world that needs it so much? Safe Church has resources that can help.
Below is a sample of Safe Church events, recent and in the future, that are designed to help congregations live into God’s mission, especially in the way we prevent and respond to abuse.
At Inspire 2017: Safe Church led a workshop featuring the personal stories of two courageous women, who talked about their own experiences of abuse and how the church responded in both helpful and sometimes unhelpful ways.
In Illinois: A road trip with several stops included a presentation during the adult education hour at a church, making an announcement at three different classis meetings, and meeting with a safe church team member who has been especially passionate and productive in her work in safe church ministry.
In Montana: A Safe Church mini-grant opportunity has led a team member to organize a community event to highlight the dangers of internet pornography, especially for our children. Protect Young Eyes will be there. The next day will feature a half-day workshop for those interested in knowing more about how Safe Church can help maintain a safer environment for everyone. We hope to take steps forward in developing a safe church team in the area.
In British Columbia: The safe church team has organized two events, Shame: Hope and Healing – A Story and Shame: Hope and Healing – In the Church. Both will feature author and pastor, Ruth Everhart, who spoke at the Safe Church Ministry Conference last November.
In Pennsylvania: Samaritan Safe Church is committed to mobilize the Church to join the growing movement to end child sexual abuse. Toward that end, they are hosting a convening of prevention leaders from all over the county and from various faith traditions. CRC Safe Church is privileged to be a part of this group.
In Ontario: Trauma Healing is so needed in our communities and in our congregations where trauma is all too common. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our congregations were filled with trauma healing groups, where the transforming power of the Lord would be evident in the lives of those who have suffered trauma, including the trauma of abuse? This 3-day equipping session is designed to equip group leaders for this ministry. And, while we’re there, we’ll also take an extra day to co-facilitate, along with a local safe church team member, training in the Advisory Panel Process
It’s good when Safe Church is busy – and this is only a small part. It doesn’t include the day in and day out work that is carried out by dedicated team members, who care about safe church ministry, and understand how critical it is to living into God’s mission for the Church. Contact Safe Church Ministry with questions or for additional information. Come join us in ministry!