The Child Safeguarding Package

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.

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What the Bible Says to Abuse Survivors and Those Who Hurt Them

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.

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The Spiritual Impact of Sexual Abuse

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.

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Caring for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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. 

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The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries

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.

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God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect their Bodies

By: Justin & Lindsey Holcomb

Publisher: New Growth Press (2015)

For: Parents | Families | Counselors

 


 

 

 

 

Summary: God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.

 

Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores

By: Diane Langberg, Ph. D

Publisher: New Growth Press (2015)

For: Victims | Counselors | Churches

 

 

Summary: When someone suffers through trauma, can healing happen? And, if yes, how does it happen? Dr. Diane Langberg tackles these complex and difficult questions with the insights she has gained through more than forty years of counseling those whose lives have been destroyed by trauma and abuse. Her answer carefully explained in Suffering and the Heart of God is “Yes, what trauma destroys, Christ can and does restore.”

But it’s not a fast process, instead much patience is required from family, friends, and counselors as they wisely and respectfully help victims unpack their traumatic suffering through talking, tears, and time. And it’s not a process that can be separated from the work of God in both a counselor and counselee. Dr. Langberg calls all of those who wish to help sufferers to model Jesus’s sacrificial love and care in how they listen, love, and guide. The heart of God is revealed to sufferers as they grow to understand the cross of Christ and how their God came to this earth and experienced such severe suffering that he too is “well-acquainted with grief.” The cross of Christ is the lens that transforms and redeems traumatic suffering and its aftermath, not only for the sufferer, but it also transforms those who walk with the suffering. This book will be a great help to anyone who loves, listens to, and seeks to help someone impacted by trauma and abuse. There is no quick fix, but there is the hope for healing through the love of God in Christ

Protecting Children from Abuse in the Church

By: Basyle Tchividjian

Publisher: New Growth Press (2015)

For: Ministry Leaders | Counselors | Churches

 

Summary:  How do we protect the children in our Christian community from sexual offenders? 

We are becoming more and more aware of the prevalence of child abuse, both in society at large and in the church. We want to protect children in our community from abuse, but we don’t always know the best ways to go about that. 

From his years of experience as a child abuse prosecutor, Boz Tchividjian unpacks the dynamics of a church environment that allows perpetrators to thrive and offers constructive help for educating and training your church to recognize and deal with potential abuse. Using biblical principles and the example of Jesus, he shows you how to cultivate an attitude and environment in your church that provides safety and protection for these young ones.

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When Faith Hurts: Understanding and Addressing the Many Spiritual Issues Associated with Child Sexual Abuse (PowerPoint)

Summary: Spiritual injuries are a significant consequence of child sexual abuse. Ongoing spiritual confusion and unanswered spiritual questions will undoubtedly contribute to the painful, and sometimes lifelong, damages caused by abuse. Therefore, it is critical that those who are on the frontlines of addressing and combating child sexual abuse be properly prepared to understand and respond to the spiritual consequences of this heinous crime. This PowerPoint presentation provides the necessary fundamentals needed for the Christian community to begin playing a significant role in confronting and addressing childhood sexual abuse and the spiritual damage left in its wake.

Worship: The Act of Loving and Caring for Children (PowerPoint)

Summary: Paul writes in 1st Corinthians, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." In other words, the very purpose for which God has breathed life into each one of us is to worship Him. As man’s chief end is to worship God, Satan’s chief objective is to rob God of that worship by and through the physical and spiritual destruction of His worshippers…mankind. and tThis dark agenda often begins with Satan’s attempt to destroy the most venerable of worshippers:, children.! This PowerPoint presentation lays out what is at the heart of child abuse: ....the robbery of worship.

The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused

By: Andrew J. Schmutzer

Publisher: Wipf & Stock (2011)

For: Survivors | Ministry Leaders | Counselors

Summary: Maybe the only thing new about sexual abuse is quality discussion from several professions (psychology, theology, and pastoral care). Here are the insights of over two dozen psychologists, theologians, and those in pastoral care, all targeting the issue of sexual abuse. Designed as a resource for Christian educators, therapists, pastors, social workers, group leaders, and survivors, The Long Journey Home Schmutzer combines current research in mental health with rich theological reflection, global concern with fervent pastoral wisdom for the local faith community to create a fresh resource of information for those who have survived abuse and those ministering to them. Whether you are a counselor, professor, pastor, or spouse of a survivor, you hold in your hand a fresh resource of information and advocacy for those suffering from the devastating effects of sexual abuse and rape. The breadth of material, biblical insight, discussion questions, and helpful resources gathered here just may be the tool of a generation.