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, Synod 2019, and Synod 2022.
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, a safe church team member, or by a council who is looking for help in discerning the probability and gravity of an allegation that has been brought forward. 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.