In a powerful blog, Hilary Jerome Scarsella reflects on what she has experienced and witnessed in the years following her sexual assault on the campus of her seminary.
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.
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.
In 1994, Synod approved the formation of the abuse prevention ministry. Synod took a brave step because it could not have anticipated all that followed. In truth, no one knew what God had in store for the CRCNA.
Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity, (REED) offers education that helps people and organizations, including churches, understand the root causes of sex trafficking and work together to take action toward positive change.
For 25 years, we've been talking about preventing and responding to abuse in our church contexts. Here's a look back and a prayer for the future.
This five-part series considers what the Bible says about power and how we might better follow Jesus’ way of self-emptying power (Philippians 2). This series is a partnership between the CRC's Safe Church Ministry and the Office of Social Justice.
It's important to remember that social media is simply a communication tool and, like all tools, must be used in appropriate ways. As leaders it is up to us to create and maintain appropriate boundaries. Here are some guidelines.
Safe Church Ministry strongly recommends this groundbreaking online course and book (for both men and women) that reveals a path to break addictions and cycles of unwanted sexual behaviors.
Last month, over 90 people gathered at an Inter-classis Safe Church Conference, an event that Classis Huron, has been holding for 20 years. This event was very well organized with many learning materials!
Protect Young Eyes, a West Michigan based organization, helps families, schools, and churches create safer digital environments. Check out their sample social media policy and more!
April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the U.S. and in many Canadian provinces. In addition, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the U.S. What can we learn and do in April to end sexual abuse in our churches and communities?
Currently the Advisory Committee of Safe Church has a few openings for new members for a term of three years. Please submit your application via this google form which has some questions that will help us understand more about you! Please note, that the deadline to apply is Sunday, April 14th, 2019
Lloyd Hemstreet shares his unlikely journey of becoming the safe church coordinator of Classis Zeeland after becoming pastor of Coopersville CRC.
Alive Ministries in Jenison, Michigan, is organizing two events; one with an emphasis on defending kids from online dangers and another on teaching children about healthy relationships and healthy physical boundaries.
Worship Ministries has compiled many good worship resources to help you lament the pain and suffering that sexual abuse causes.
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.