Safe Church Ministry  |  September 2019
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Abuse of Power: Reflection, Lament and Liturgy

Synod 2019 included a powerful litany that invited delegates to reflect and lament the abuse of power that has caused much harm to many within our CRC community. Safe Church offers and recommends this litany for use in churches. It could be a good choice for Abuse Awareness Sunday on Sept. 22 (or whatever Sunday works well in your church)

Updates from Safe Church Coordinators: British Columbia

Faye Martin, Safe Church Coordinator in British Columbia (BC) knows that providing safe ministries in churches requires intentionality and long term commitment on the part of the local church, its council, staff and leadership. This past February BC safe church ministry reached out to churches with a letter, which could possibly serve as a template for safe church ministry in other places. What can we learn from BC?

Updates from Safe Church Coordinators: Classis Chatham

Yvonne Lammers, Safe Church Coordinator in Classis Chatham, holds meetings twice a year so that safe church ministry leaders feel supported and equipped for their work in the churches of the classis. A recent meeting covered the topic of criminal sexual history and involvement in church; it was so good, we decided to share it with you. What are some other ideas for classis team meetings?

Safe Church Teams: Reporting to Classis

Fall is a time for classis meetings. (Spring is too!) If you are a new Safe Church Coordinator and are wondering what to do or say when you make your report to classis, this article might be helpful

Partners in Prevention:

Is your church prepared to minister to those who have experienced abuse? A new curriculum, Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused, includes 12 lessons. Each one is a chapter in the book and also a video segment where various experts, including Rachel Denhollander, Diane Langberg and others, answer questions and provide information. It’s a downloadable free resource! A hard copy of the book may also be purchased.


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