Here's a link to the Safe Church Ministry brochure. Learn more about our ministry as we strive to equip congregations in Abuse Awareness, Prevention, and Response.
Safe Church Ministry offers Responding to Abuse: A Toolkit for Churches as we recognize the great need to respond well to sexual abuse. Understanding how abuse happens, often through a process of grooming, is a part of this toolkit.
An effective response to abuse is not possible without understanding the dynamics and impacts of abuse, especially the power dynamics.
Safe Church Ministry began as the Office of Abuse Prevention; prevention must be a primary focus of our work. Therefore, we have step one — be prepared. Our response efforts will always be weak and lacking without this foundation.
Are you aware of how prevalent teen dating violence is? Educate yourself about the warning signs and ways to get help.
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.
Why does our congregation need a safe church team? What does the team do? How can a safe church team benefit our church? This article helps answer those questions.
Why does our classis need a safe church team? What does a classis safe church team do? How does the team work, and who leads it? This article helps answer those questions.
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.
Check out these books, articles and other resources related to abuse by clergy or ministry leaders.
Does your classis have a Safe Church Coordinator or Team Leader? We are excited to see more begin coordinating to further equip, collaborate, and resource our congregations throughout the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
In this webinar, we explored the theme of creating a Safe Church team. You'll find many great resources to support you in developing your Safe Church team!
Highlights from the 2020 Inter-Classis Safe Church event in Waterloo Ontario. Thanks to all the presenters who generously shared information from their presentations!
Child abuse prevention begins at home, and churches, schools, and the entire community all have a part to play. It's up to all of us to protect our children from abuse.
Safe Church seems to have received a lot of attention in recent years, in part due to the #MeToo movement. Many people are surprised to find out that it has a much longer history.
Safe Church encourages churches that are working with ex-offenders to develop a covenant of conduct with the individual. Included are sample policies and a discussion about the importance of this process.
We were so excited about the 2020 Safe Church Conference scheduled for October 22 to 24 in Grand Rapids, MI at a new venue, the Drury Inn. However, our world has changed in the face of Covid-19. We no longer believe that it's wise to invest the time, effort and monetary resources into planning for this face-to-face event. At the same time, our commitment to our mission, our Safe Church Coordinators, and their teams, has NOT changed. Stay tuned for new ways to do Safe Church conferencing and equipping.