Abuse concerns us all and needs to be addressed by us all.
I was sexually assaulted by a professor from my Christian undergraduate university. After reporting it to the university, I sought out my church family and other Christian friends for guidance and comfort. What I often received, though, were pointed questions and veiled accusations...
Respect is the hallmark of healthy relationships in the home and in community. Expect respect to ensure personal safety and safe churches, homes and communities.
Becoming a proactive community that prevents abuse is part of being disciples of Christ!
The following resources from The Worship Sourcebook would work well for an abuse awareness service.
We welcomed people as they arrived, while being hopeful that people would take time on a summer evening to come to an inspiring program. The featured speaker was nationally known Christian author, speaker, and licensed family and marriage counselor...
In the last year or so, I have observed a disturbing trend: the introduction and acceptance of a mindset into our culture.
Are there warning signs in a relationship?
Recommended steps for child safety this summer.
The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.
If you think that sex trafficking doesn’t happen where you live, think again.
In a recent blog with Rhymes with Religion, Boz Tchividjian asserts the need for seminaries to provide formal training for church leaders in preventing and responding to child abuse.
Through any transition, Safe Church Ministry, in one form or another, will survive and grow. Why? Because churches need to know how to protect the children and vulnerable people entrusted to their care.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “boys will be boys”? What does it mean in our culture to be masculine?
The Advisory Panel Process has been put in place to support Christian Reformed congregations in responding to church leader misconduct.
Each ministry leader had 2 minutes to say something about the ministry he or she was involved in; who knows where this relationship could go? Here’s my Safe Church “speed dating” pitch...
There are many reasons to have safe church policies; for example, we want to provide a safe environment at church for faith to flourish. No one wants to believe that abuse could happen in church. The sad fact is that it does happen.
About 60 people attended the Safe Church Ministry conference April 25-26. The conference included a wide variety of workshops for those who are new to safe church as well as for those who have been involved for many years. There were many “newbies” present from classes where there are no active...
Porn is here and it will affect the church.
Circle of Grace is a primary prevention program that trains children and youth to be an active participant in creating a safe environment for themselves and others.
Preventing abuse takes bold leadership, leaders who are not afraid to talk about the issue and bring it out into the open.
Can a pastor deposed for sexual misconduct subsequently serve as an elder in a congregation?
This document shares the Christian Reformed Church's position statement on abuse as well as articles of the Church Order relevant to Safe Church.
This valuable resource for teens by Gayla R. Postma and Rev. William Veenstra discusses sex and intimacy in healthy relationships.
How can a church maintain a safe environment and also welcome criminal sexual offenders? This webinar will help answer that question.