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.
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.
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 offers a toolkit for churches. Responding to immediate needs is a part of that toolkit. We hope that this article is helpful toward that end.
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 dynamics.
Our assumption was that sex trafficking during the Super Bowl was the iceberg; but we have since learned it is merely the tip of it.
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.
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.
When a tragedy like the shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX, occurs, it's normal for church members to wonder what they would do if a similar thing happened to their congregation. Let's talk.
There is an “us” and “them” mentality that is intrinsic when you are a survivor and this is plays out in the church. “If the church knew what I lived through or had done, people would never speak to me again,” I thought.
The movement of #metoo didn’t start overnight. It didn’t even start after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out. Movements are slow things that hopefully last for the long haul.