If boundaries are less about rigid rules and more about a way of thinking about relationship; then what principles should serve to guide a ministry leader in setting helpful boundaries?
Find resources that relate to emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse.
At times it may seem that the person being abused doesn’t want help, but consider that the individual may be too scared to even consider reaching out to someone.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides.
Get started on your screening today! Your congregation will be a safer place because of your efforts.
Should regular boundary training be required for CRC pastors? Should the CRC adopt a code of ethical conduct for its pastors?
In my community, the tragic consequences of cyber-bullying have been front page news.
This short video and another helpful webinar will educate your congregation about abuse prevention and why it matters.
The CRCNA was recently featured in the July Newsletter of “The Hope of Survivors”, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting victims of pastoral sexual abuse and misconduct, as well as providing educational and informational materials and seminars to pastors and churches of every...
"What could possibly happen when you combine a little glue and glitter along with energetic kids and well-meaning volunteers?" A bit of planning will ensure that the environment you provide is secure and safe for all of the children who attend your VBS.
Remember that being in this situation is not your fault! Be true to yourself.
"Maybe we’ve focused so much on trying to keep children from becoming victims that we’ve forgotten to teach them not to be perpetrators." Let’s stop assuming that children know these values intuitively and realize we need to teach them explicitly.
Now is the time to think and prepare for next year.
"These are the ‘CAPE-abilities’ that can interrupt and prevent abusive behavior and help those recover who have experienced abuse." - World Institute on Disability
Children living with disabilities are more likely to be abused. An article states that one in three children with an identified disability for which they receive special education services are victims of some type of maltreatment compared to one in 10 nondisabled children.
An emotional abuser intentionally and repeatedly threatens or says harsh words to wear another person down. Once worn down, the victim will try to avoid hearing the threats or nasty words again by doing what the abuser asks.
Churches and caring individuals can help stop elder abuse and mistreatment in their families and the community. Stand up for vulnerable adults in your neighborhoods and congregation.
Synod has encouraged each classis to have a Safe Church team made up of representatives from each church. The team is a resource to churches, can support local churches in creating safety at the congregational level and empowers churches to be a support to individuals affected by abuse.
Explain to children that, if they think that they are being abused, they need to tell someone they trust. Urge them never to keep abuse a secret, even if the person hurting them tells them that something bad will happen if they tell.
Recently I was made aware of this children's book. Check it out!
Families as you take some time to reflect on Child Abuse Awareness Month please consider talking with your children about what they should do if they ever encounter unwanted touch. If you open the door for them to...
Abuse is not always physical or sexual; there are many other ways that power and control can be maintained in a relationship.
Why does the CRC have Safe Church Ministry? How did it come to be? What does the denomination say about it? The resources below will help answer these questions.
“Dating violence refers to a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former dating partner.”
Attached is a link to a free webinar on mandated reporting for churches.
Power can control many things in your life, but it cannot control, or bring you, the love you seek.