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.
As the #MeToo movement hits the church, many churches are requesting information about how to respond. We hope this toolkit will help people, especially church councils, understand what their options are.
Responding to Abuse Toolkit: Denominational Position Statement and Summary of Church Order Related to Abuse
This handy guide to our denominational position statement about abuse, and summary of related church order may be helpful, especially to church councils, in responding to allegations or disclosures of abuse.
Weighty Opportunity for the Church in the #Metoo Era: Leading as the Church Through Humility, Vulnerability and Jesus
These stories aren’t from the worlds of Hollywood, Wall Street, or politics. These are all local people sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment in the #churchtoo.
Did you know that Safe Church Ministry started out as the Office of Abuse Prevention? Think of the heartache avoided by preventing abuse before it happens. Surely churches belong at the front lines.
Safe Church Ministry is working on a toolkit for churches. Responding to immediate needs will be a part of that toolkit. We hope that this article is a helpful preview.
What would you do if you saw a child in your church nursery with suspicious looking bruises? Do you know who is a “mandated reporter,” and what it means to fill out a DHS-3200? These are all important things churches must know.
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.
Is there a 'safe church' policy whereby email addresses submitted to the church for church business are used just for this purpose?
An effective response to abuse is not possible without understanding the dynamics and impacts of abuse, especially the power dynamic.
The Abuse Awareness topic for Safe Church last year was The Sex Industry and the Church. After I sent out a letter to pastors across the CRC about our topic, I had many great conversations with old and new friends.
Silence is no longer an option. In this watershed #MeToo moment, the Church must be ready to respond to sexual abuse. How will it happen in your classis?
A must listen for the church: Rachael Denhollander powerfully delivers her Victim Impact Statement. Let’s listen, empathize, and respond with sacrificial actions in our communities.
We are so excited as plans are coming together and getting finalized for our 2018 Safe Church biennial conference. Our focus will be equipping people (YOU!) for effective safe church ministry.
A recent article in Christianity Today highlights a few of the reasons why it can be difficult for those who have survived abuse to be in church.