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How did you approach 2022? With joy and excitement? With some degree of hesitation? With the pandemic continuing to have an impact on our lives, perhaps it has been difficult to see what God has in store for us as we start afresh this year.

As a ministry we chose to reflect upon 2021, pausing to consider how we had continued to move forward as a ministry in the midst of challenging times. What we realized was that God had provided so many opportunities for our community to flourish and grow. We were able to connect and expand our ministry impact. We spoke into issues of abuse and in so doing, raised awareness of the impacts of abuse in the ongoing effort to end abuse.

Looking forward to 2022, we are thankful that God is leading us and that His presence has been so apparent throughout the journey thus far for our ministry. Please continue to pray for the work we do as a ministry. We are so encouraged by the ongoing support we receive for all of you! Thank you!

—Becky Jones, Editor

Mini Grants

Mini-Grants 2022

This year, we are offering 5 mini-grants in the amount of $250. We are encouraging our Safe Church teams and coordinators to think creatively this year as we continue to deal with the pandemic and its effects on public gatherings.

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Safe Church Assessment Introduction and Instructions

How safe is your church? This assessment tool is designed to help councils:
• assess how safe their particular congregation is from abuse in all its forms
• reflect on what steps the leadership might take to nurture a culture that resists abuse in their congregation.

Take the Assessment Today!

Looking Back 2021!

Looking Back 2021! Video

As we enter 2022, Safe Church Ministry would like to take a moment to reflect on a successful year in 2021. Enjoy this video! Below you will find all the links and information related to the information noted in this video.

Watch Video


Worship Resources for Abuse Awareness Sunday 2021


Welcoming Dr. Amanda Benkhuysen as Director of Safe Church Ministry

Tune In


In the Wake of Ravi Zacharias: When Spiritual Leaders Do Harm

When Spiritual Leaders Do Harm: Lessons To Be Learned

Considering Trees, Mycorrhiza and Safe Church Ministry: A Holistic Culture of Thriving Connections

and many more!


A Church Called TOV

Creating Cultures that Resist Abuse and Promote Healing
(July Safe Church Webinar)

Resources for Hosting a Book Study on A Church Called TOV


2021 Safe Church Webinar Series: On Being a Safe Church


Restorative Practices: Webinars, Workshops and Blogs


On Being a Trauma-Informed Congregation Resources

One day, Christ will return to establish a kingdom 
where there will be no more tears or heartache or reason to fear, 
where threats of harm, violence, manipulation, and bullying will cease, 
where justice, truth, and goodness will prevail, 
and where every person, 
regardless of gender, age, color, nationality, or ability, 
will be seen, valued, and loved.

You can help the church lean into this hope today.

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