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Safe Church Ministry  |  November 2019
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Announcing: Safe Church Mini-Grants 2020

Safe church ministry equips congregations in abuse awareness, prevention and response. Our 2020 mini-grants are designed to assist and support our classis Safe Church Coordinators so that they are able to offer training at the classis and regional level. Coordinators may apply for mini-grants here before January 13 to host an event or complete a project that fits within our mission of equipping congregations in abuse awareness, prevention and response.

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Welcome Becky!

Safe Church is excited to welcome Becky Jones to our staff team. Becky is working out of the Burlington office 10 hours/week with Safe Church and 20 hours/week with Disability Concerns. We are looking forward to all the connections she will be able to make in our Canadian classes and congregations! Becky brings a background in art therapy, social media tools, and volunteer coordination to her new position. We’re so blessed to have her working with us. Read more about Becky here.

Safe Church Training Resources

Safe Church gets a lot of requests for training. We expect this to increase as training for Pastors, staff, and ministry leaders is part of the follow-up work after recommendations were adopted by Synod 2019 in response to the report about abuse of power within the CRC. This article gives some ideas using resources already available. Development has begun on new training resources for various contexts, stay tuned.

Abuse Awareness Sunday Sermon

The fourth Sunday in September is designated as Abuse Awareness Sunday, but any Sunday is a good Sunday for abuse awareness. This sermon from our Eric, our Safe Church associate, explores how we, as a church, must practice lament as we move from using power for ourselves to using our power with generosity, the way Jesus modeled and taught us.

Partners in Prevention: GRACE

Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment (GRACE) has many wonderful resources for churches. Recently, several members of the board addressed the Southern Baptist Convention through a conference called Caring Well: Equipping Churches to Confront the Abuse Crisis. Boz Tchividjian, powerfully and prophetically calls out the church to listen to the voices of those who have experienced abuse. We may think we know the story of the Good Samaritan, but do we see that it’s the church that is lying, bleeding by the side of the road? 

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