Last fall at our Safe Church conference, key leaders were asked to imagine, dream, and visualize safe church ministry in their own congregation and classis. We wanted to share some of these dreams with you; dream with us in 2019!
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Prevent Connect is a national online project dedicated to the primary prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence by using various forms of online media to connect people and ideas.
Safe Church is not the only organization working to end the devastation caused by abuse. There are a host of others with similar passion working to end this kind of violence. What can we learn from them?
Nancy shares memories from her life, which was characterized by domestic abuse for many years. Despite the pain and loss, she finds hope for each day, and the strength that she needs, in her precious Lord, Jesus.
What are we to make of all the sexual assault allegations we’re hearing? And how are we to respond, as the church, when we hear these stories, and address allegations in our own congregations? Here's a resource that can help.
Safe Church is offering mini-grants of up to $1,000 to host an event or to create a resource that fits with our mission to equip congregations in abuse awareness, prevention, and response.
This was one of those conferences that doesn’t just fade away from your memory once you return home. On the contrary, I was inspired to do more, study more, read more, and be a stronger advocate for victims of abuse.
Classis Chatham used Safe Church Mini-Grant Funds to help create a video to promote a counseling fund for those who would like to receive counseling after an experience of abuse. Several other classes have a similar fund. What could your classis do with a Safe Church Mini-Grant?
This story should help us realize that sexual assault must never be minimized and there must always be proper discipline administered to those who abuse their power. This too should remind us of the devastation that sexually inappropriate and assaultive behavior causes for women and men in all walks of life.
The webinar talked about leadership structures and contrasted a dominant power-over model of leadership to a partnership power-with and through leadership model. Perhaps that helps clarify.posted on: Partnership View of Power
It was a great webinar! (Power With and Power Through ...) So thought provoking - and the ideas expressed about a partnership model of power have really stuck with me.posted on: Partnership View of Power
Praise our God, who is an amazing, healing, transforming God, able to bring something beautiful out of the darkest places.posted on: Sexual Assault Against Boys: My Story
Thanks so much for asking this question Annie! (You are on my list of people to get back to, but as you know from previous experience, it sometimes requires patience for a response from Safe...
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Many would agree that there are many pastors who act with integrity and do the right thing. That said, many also believe that, "certain pastors will defend other certain pastors actions and try to...
Thank you so much Kelly for your courage in sharing your story - I applaud you and am truly grateful. Thanks to for the helpful "summary of the facts" of sexual abuse against men. This story is so...posted on: Sexual Assault Against Boys: My Story
Thanks Bev, we'll have recently made a list of Network articles for review and revision and perhaps deletion. We have done a better job updating our website than keeping our Network pages updated...posted on: An Ounce of Prevention
Finally, we are seeing some change, hopefully. Yet, this is not new, see also the Agenda to Synod 1994 pp. 146-154, when the Office of Abuse Prevention, now Safe Church Ministry, was formed. You...
Yes, Thank you for sharing from your own experience. Indeed, the purpose of these stories is to help others understand the experience of abuse. Anger and questions toward God are common, such as "...