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Safe Church Ministry  |  March 2017
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A New Staff Member for Safe Church Ministry: Eric Kas

Safe Church is thrilled to add Eric Kas to our staff. Jesus did not send his disciples out alone; and when the Lord created Adam, he recognized that it was not good for him to be alone. It has not been good for Safe Church Ministry to have one lone staff member these last few months. We are so happy to welcome Eric, an ordained CRC pastor, who will be working half time with Safe Church and half time in church planting ministry. We hope that he will be able to use his gifts and skills especially in developing stronger and more effective safe church teams. Get to know Eric a little better here.

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Are We Prepared to Respond to Abuse in Our Congregations

It’s easy to condemn abuse as a concept; but much harder to condemn a charming, and charismatic person whom we know, even if they have perpetrated abuse. In a congregation or ministry context, we must learn to overcome our own strong tendencies to deny or minimize abuse, and to blame the person who has been victimized. We must choose the harder path.
 
 
 

Survivors as Leaders

Those who have experienced sexual abuse may be in the best position to become leaders in the movement to end abuse. This article by Linda Crockett explains why those who have survived sexual abuse are uniquely equipped to resist injustice and to protect those most vulnerable among us. Think about what a difference they could make in our congregations as they are equipped and empowered by the Lord and by his people.

Welcoming Those Who Have Suffered Sexual Abuse

People who have experienced sexual abuse may require professional counseling in order to heal. In addition to professional services, many also turn to pastors and to their church community to assist them in their healing journey, a journey that can be very long, and very painful. Sadly, many congregations are not well-equipped to respond in the most helpful ways. Even with the best intentions, their responses can cause additional pain and suffering to those who have already been hurt. This article discusses 7 ways to welcome those who have survived abuse.

Partnership: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

In the USA, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; in Canada, it’s in October. Preventing child abuse is something to consider each and every month in our CRC congregations. Dove’s Nest, an organization committed to helping faith communities keep children and youth safe, offers many resources for child abuse prevention on their website, including ideas for Child Abuse Prevention Month. These ideas and resources can be used in April, October, or any time.

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