Gayla Postma

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Is Your Church Breaking Copyright Law?

When you’re in church singing from the shiny new Lift Up Your Hearts (LUYH) hymnal you’re holding in your hands, it’s all good. All the copyrights and permissions you need are included. Singing from the screen? Maybe not so good.

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Helping Pastors Respond to Domestic Abuse

In evangelical churches, the person most likely to be the first contact of an abused spouse will be the pastor. That is why it is so important that pastors know how to respond and how to refer appropriately.

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Becoming a Safe Place for Victims of Domestic Violence

To make churches safer places, leaders must begin by recognizing that some families in the congregation may be experiencing violence. You can't tell from the outside which families are affected.

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Honey Works Better than Vinegar

“The classis safe church team saved my ministerial butt,” was how one British Columbia pastor put it. Within one week of arriving in his new charge, he was informed that an allegation of abuse had been made against the pastor that preceded him.

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Silence Hides Violence

We slog away in meetings, we write safe church policies, we try to get our ministers to preach on safe church issues and abuse prevention. Some days, we wonder if it is even making a difference.  And then we hear a story like that of ...

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  • Thanks for this, Jim. You put into words what I have not been able to. Tim was roughly the same age as my sons. My mind keeps going to the "this could have been one of them" scenario. It was...

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  • I think we're already seeing the growing chasm between contemporary worship and traditional worship being played out intergenerationally. At a recent funeral, teens and early 20s attenders did not...