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.
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While each child’s developmental path is unique, there are common patterns in how children’s understanding of the Lord’s Supper typically unfolds. This two-page resource summarizes those patterns from preschool through the teenage years.
Ministry with children is a big job. It’s an important job. The Children’s Ministry toolkit was designed to provide you with the support you need to do the work you do.
An effective response to abuse is not possible without understanding the dynamics and impacts of abuse, especially the power dynamic.
This guide seeks to provide answers to many of the most common questions that policymakers, the media, and the public ask about immigration and provides background on what immigration means to the US as we debate reform of our immigration system.
This paper on discernment by Rev. Bert Adema of the CRC’s Indigenous Christian Fellowship (formerly IMCF) in Regina considers cross-cultural ministry and the difference between syncretism and contextualization, recommends elements of a process of communal discernment of these questions, and includes the ICF’s position on smudging.
Seeking justice is a spiritual discipline — a tangible way for us to express our faith by obeying the commands to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. This resource shares 10 tips for North Americans who want to follow Christ in seeking justice today.
It takes a village — the whole congregation — to nurture the faith of its young people. Here are ten ways to connect with young people and children.
As a church, it can be hard to know what to say to our veterans or military chaplains. But I encourage you to identify and reach out to the veterans in your congregation. This sample email may help guide you.
Advent is a celebration of the light of Jesus entering the world, and is especially important during this refugee crisis. Here are activities that individuals and churches can do to embody that light to refugees during the Advent Season.
This two-page resource from Faith Formation Ministries offers ten tips to help deacons care for others, as well as themselves, as they live out their calling and serve their congregation and community through their diaconal ministry.
If we fail to intentionally include and accommodate people, the church suffers just as much as the person excluded. Here are a few tips to help you think about working together in God’s growing kingdom.
If you are feeling a pull to explore ordained pastoral ministry, these ten steps will help you discern whether that is the path God is calling you to take.
This fall we’re celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I can’t think of a better Sunday take home gift for everyone in your congregation than a copy of Ten Ways My Reformed Identity Shapes My Faith.
The creators of TOGETHER, an inclusive adult Bible study, have partnered with Faith Formation Ministries to put together a list of Ten Ways to Be a More Inclusive and Welcoming Adult Small Group.