This story is part of our SOS series - "My sister's story" can help us understand the devastation that happens in families as a result of domestic abuse. How might the church respond to make a positive difference?
Miriam Spies just started serving as Volunteer and Communications Specialist for Disability Concerns (20 hrs) and Safe Church (10 hrs).
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.
Listen to two stories of how attending the Safe Church conference ignited fruitful safe church ministry in central Montana and in western Michigan. Consider what it could mean where you live and worship.
We are in the process of creating an interactive toolkit to assist in creating and revising safe church policies. We would love to have you send us any policies or resources that have been helpful to you.
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.
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?