Safe Church Ministry  |  January 2017
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A New Year: Safe Church Ministry in 2017

Changes are in store for Safe Church Ministry in 2017. Hopefully soon, we will have new staff, with a new focus on safe church team development and support. In addition, opportunities for collaboration and partnership continue to grow, in and outside the CRC, as issues of abuse become more prominent in the public sphere. It can be tempting at times to see only the deficits and the unrealized potential, which can be discouraging, as well as overwhelming. It can feel heavy wondering if things will ever change. Yet there are many good things happening in safe church ministry that give us reason to rejoice. There has been real progress. Rejoice with us for all the good safe church ministry work that was accomplished in 2016 (see article below). There are also many exciting opportunities coming up in 2017 such as Trauma Healing (see article below) and expanded Safe Church Mini-Grants (see the Safe Church website for details). Pray with us for continued learning and growth in 2017.


Safe Church Ministry 2016: A Summary Report

Every June Safe Church presents a report to synod that’s designed to show what Safe Church Ministry is all about, what we’ve done and are doing, and how we fit into the overall plan of the CRCNA. Since the synod agenda is large and takes time to review, reports to be included are due in January.  So, each year in January, the process of writing the synod report provides a good opportunity to look back over the previous year of ministry.

Enjoy this summary report and give thanks for Safe Church in 2016 »

Christmas Peace Here and Now

Safe church ministry can be difficult. We’re so thankful for the many safe church team members who spend countless hours in sometimes very difficult situations, assisting, advocating, and especially listening, as they walk alongside congregations and individuals. It’s important to remember that this ministry is the Lord’s work. While, all things are possible with him, we simply can’t do this work without him. Immanuel, God with us – it’s not just for Christmas.

Read this advent reflection to remember that God is with us in our ministry work »

Trauma Healing

One key challenge for Safe Church Ministry is responding to those who have suffered abuse. How can we create safe spaces, where those who have suffered abuse can find a listening ear, compassion, and understanding? No one should have to walk alone on the difficult journey toward healing. How can the church create networks of support for those who have survived abuse? One answer might be found in equipping events sponsored by the Trauma Healing Institute. This proven program is coming to Grand Rapids in February!

Read more about Trauma Healing »


GRACE, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, is an organization dedicated to empowering and training Christian communities to recognize, prevent, and respond to child sexual abuse. This greatly respected and recognized organization offers policies, training, consultations, independent investigations, and resources – a wonderful potential partner for CRC congregations.

Check out the GRACE website for resources to prevent and respond to child abuse here »


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