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Safe Church Ministry  |  September 2017
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Welcome to Fall!

As the busy fall ministry season begins, it’s an important time to consider what we are doing in our churches to maintain an environment that nurtures and encourages faith, and protects those most vulnerable from any kind of abuse. It is our hope that every congregation has a safe church team or committee making sure that policies are adequate and that staff and volunteers are properly screened and trained for their work  with the precious people that God has entrusted to our care. Who is paying attention to abuse prevention in your congregation?  In case you missed it in our last newsletter, Safe Church has developed a new tool for building awareness called “Ten Ways to Make Your Congregation a Safer Place”. If you’d like some beautiful colored copies already printed on cardstock, let us know and we’d be happy to send them. And please also feel free to tell us how you are using this new tool in your church.

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Please tell us about your experience with Abuse Awareness Sunday. We want your stories, successes, failures, and anything in between. Whether you participated on the designated Sunday, Sept 24, whether you used our resources or did something else, we want to hear about it! Check out these topical resources (Click on the bulletin insert icons). As we all learn together, let us know what has worked for you, and/or what resources you would like to see.

Go Team!

Perhaps you’ve been part of safe church ministry for some time, and feel a little stuck about exactly what you could be doing. Maybe you’re relatively new to safe church ministry and feel a bit alone, with no active team in your area. No matter where you are with safe church ministry, there are resources available that can increase your skills and help you feel more knowledgeable and confident. So, what’s good to know if you’re a safe church team member? This article is a good place to start.

Circle of Grace

Fall is also a good time to consider implementing the Circle of Grace program at your church. It’s an excellent program that helps equip children and youth in creating a safe relational environment for themselves and others. It’s an invaluable investment in the next generation. We can’t say enough to recommend this program. If you’ve never considered Circle of Grace, very simply, you should.
 
 
 

Partners in Prevention

‘CareLeader: STRATEGIC, REAL-WORLD, PASTORAL CARE’ – This organization’s website is designed to provide strategic pastoral care, prevent burnout, and help pastors equip church leaders to provide effective care ministry. It includes many helpful articles by various people; many are useful for safe church ministry. One of those articles is entitled, Which One is the Child Sex Offender? Read it to see if you can determine who.

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