Children are vulnerable to those who want to use and abuse them, but your church or ministry can be part of the solution. GRACE, an organization dedicated to helping churches and ministries protect children from abuse, has authored a resource package to inform and equip Christians in how to protect children from abuse and to respond biblically if abuse occurs. This package gives churches and ministries vital information about abuse, needed policies, and detailed help on how to respond.
Pastors and church personnel often struggle to apply intentional and appropriate doses of both biblical grace and stringent accountability to victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse. Churches can regularly be prone to turn the tables on survivors by applying a heavy dosage of conviction to victims and misguided clemency toward perpetrators. The mishandling of abuse incidents in the church will drive victims away from the community of Christ and further embolden offenders, thus debasing the name of our Savior.
Diane Langberg walks you through the answers to these questions and provides timely counseling insight based on her years of working with victims of sexual abuse. She explains why it is critical to understand the long-term impact of such trauma, and she considers ways you can wisely incarnate the love of Christ to a survivor searching for true meaning and purpose.
Basyle Tchividjian and Justin Holcomb address the heartbreaking reality that the marginalization of child sexual abuse victims is all too common in the Christian community. They outline specific ways churches have tragically diminished the seriousness of abuse and caused further distress to survivors. Tchividjian and Holcomb skillfully advocate for ways Jesus calls his church to love and serve the wounded among them, so that congregations no longer consign survivors to suffer in silence.
Churches are supposed to be a safe haven, but many deal with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse. This handbook, written by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, helps churches and faith communities formulate policies and procedures to protect children and address possible abuse in their ministries.