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Giving to Safe Church Ministry

As we approach the holiday season, the solitude that surrounds us this year offers more time for quiet reflection. As a ministry, we have paused to review the year, thankful that we could offer ongoing connection and support to our community in a year that was so full of challenges.  We want to thank you for your ongoing support of our ministry, which enables us to carry out our work in abuse prevention for the Christian Reformed Church. Your support has allowed us to offer the 2020 webinar series, which focused on a wide array of experts who are leading various efforts to end abuse. We have been able to develop the Abuse of Power Training that will further the important conversation of the underlying dynamics of abuse throughout our denomination. In addition, we continued to offer grants and funding for our classes to develop training for their safe church teams. Without your support, our ministry would not be able to provide the resources necessary to ensure that justice and restoration are possible within our congregations. 

Please consider donating today to ensure the sustainability of our ministry - we will send all of our individual donors in December a Safe Church mask as a small token of our appreciation!

Donate to Safe Church Today!

—Becky Jones, Editor

Staff Update

Welcoming Rev. Dr. Amanda Benkhuysen as Director of Safe Church Ministry

Safe Church Ministry is excited to welcome our newly appointed Director! Rev. Dr. Amanda Benckhuysen will begin her new position at the end of January, 2021.

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Our Final Webinar of 2020: Raising Our Voices

2020 presented a unique opportunity to explore new ways of reaching our community, this year we experimented with monthly webinars to equip safe church teams and congregations in abuse prevention. In this webinar two survivors share their experiences of abuse and offer words of wisdom based on their personal journeys. Raising our Voices was the final webinar in the year-long series called Connect, Collaborate and Coordinate to End Abuse.

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2021 Mini-Grants Available

Safe Church offers mini-grants for classes wishing to offer an event to equip congregations or are planning a project that furthers the mission of abuse prevention and raising awareness. All applications are due by January 13, 2021. Apply today!

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Safe Church Teams

Building a Team

We dream of the day when all congregations and classes in our denomination have a dynamic safe church team to prevent abuse and respond well when abuse happens. As we work towards this goal, we are developing a toolkit on how to build a team. This article offers key resources for building a safe church team.

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Abuse of Power Training in Pilot Phase

Curious about the ongoing development of the Abuse of Power Training in the Christian Reformed Church? The new training has now been sent out to candidates for ministers of the Word to complete this pilot version as part of their requirements of candidacy. In the spring of 2021 Safe Church will collaborate with Pastor Church Resources to adapt this into accessible trainings for safe church teams, classis leaders, councils and ministry leaders.

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New Website

Our new website is now live! Not too much of the content has been revised, but there is a new aesthetic throughout. Do you have ideas about what should or shouldn’t be on our site? Send us a message at

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