Safe Church Ministry. They will live in safety and no one will make them afraid --Ezekiel 34:28. What Does Safe Church Ministry Do?. A buse Prevention p olicies & education Abuse Response In & outside the church. Why Should M y C hurch C are A bout A buse?.
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They will live in safety and no one will make them afraid --Ezekiel 34:28
Abuse Preventionpolicies & education
Abuse ResponseIn & outside the church
It’s a Spiritual Thing
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. …
And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Genesis 1:27 & 31
Humans, male and female, in God’s very image!
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4
It’s a question of power: power over others vs. power used in love and service to others
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
When one member hurts, it affects the whole body.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
We are called to be set apart, as a witness to our Lord– Allowing abuse dims our light
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6
We, who follow Jesus, must love and protect the precious children that have been entrusted to us.
Remember: Jesus loves children!
Traumatology – Trauma & brain development
Impacts can last a lifetime
obesity, gastro-intestinal problems, headaches, diabetes
depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addictive behaviors
inability to trust and form relationships, loss of faith & hope
Even when we don’t see it, it’s there!
I don’t know anyone…
Somewhere else, not here in the CRC …
Listen to the Voices …
In ALL Christian Reformed churches people are free to worship and grow in a safe place, free from any threat of abuse.
Relationships are open and honest; the value of ALL people is honored.
Where abuse has occurred, the church ALWAYS responds with compassionate justice that fosters healing.
Safe Church Top 5
Policy must be developed
Policy must be followed
Policy must be maintained
Abuse at Home 85%
According to survey by Calvin College Social Research Center – Abuse in the CRC – Published 1992
Circle of Grace
A program that equips children and youth to participate in a safe environment for themselves and others.
Each Classis or Region: A safe church team
Each Team: A safe church rep from each church
Each Church:A safe church committee
Abuse Awareness –
4th Sunday in September
Different topics for different years:
2012 – Internet Pornography
Specialized support for churches & individuals
Confidential conversations, safe church advocate, a listening ear, policy help, etc…
For responding to allegations of abuse by a CRC church leader
When the Advisory Panel Process doesn’t fit, or after an Advisory Panel – Restorative Practices may be used
Synod 2005 – Report on Restorative Justice
Synod 2010 - Abuse Victims Task Force Report
Restorative Justice practices:
Accountability, restitution, righting wrongs, healing broken relationships