The fall of another church leader provokes introspection about our own efforts to prevent abuse in our churches.
This webinar features a conversation with guest speaker, Dr. Scot Mcknight, author of The Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture that Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing and the Safe Church Ministry Team.
When Spiritual Leaders Do Harm: Starting Small and Choosing to Be With in Small Oases of Restorative Resiliency
Here are two ways to prevent harm in spiritual communities through restorative practices: starting small, and choosing to be with.
What do churches do when ministry leaders abuse power? And what are some lessons the church can learn from recent failures?
How should we respond when a spiritual leader does harm? This article discusses some do's and don'ts, particularly in relation to the recent revelations about Ravi Zacharias.
On Wed May 27 at 12 pm Eastern, Safe Church hosted a webinar with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse.
Safe Church is excited to host a book study on Chuck DeGroat's When Narcissism Comes to Church. The study will take place via Zoom on June 3, 10, and 17. Open invitation!
Ruth Everhart, Presbyterian pastor, and author of The #MeToo Reckoning discussed how too often, churches have been complicit in protecting those who abuse and in maintaining cultures of secrecy, shame, and silence.
Synod 2016 adopted revisions to Church Order Supplements to article 82-84; the report included a discussion of the power dynamic involved in church leader misconduct.
Synod 2019 included a powerful litany that invited delegates to reflect and lament abuse of power that has caused much harm to many within our CRC community. Safe Church offers and recommends this litany for use in churches.
Whenever a church member or leader is accused and arrested for a criminal sexual offense, there are serious repercussions in the entire community, both in and outside the church.
This story should help us realize that sexual assault must never be minimized and there must always be proper discipline administered to those who abuse their power. This too should remind us of the devastation that sexually inappropriate and assaultive behavior causes for women and men in all walks of life.
From an outsider looking in at this situation and how it continues to unfold, there are some lessons that we in Safe Church Ministry should consider.
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.
Check out these books, articles and other resources related to abuse by clergy or ministry leaders.