GRACE is a non-profit organization made up of highly trained and experienced multi-disciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower faith communities to identify, prevent, and respond to child abuse. To this end, GRACE offers:
GRACE assists churches and other Christian organizations in developing effective child abuse prevention policies and safety programs, through education and awareness.
GRACE offers consultation and training to churches and Christian organizations seeking to develop effective abuse disclosure response protocols that are legally and spiritually sound.
GRACE provides assistance to churches and Christian organizations currently confronting specific matters related to child abuse and also works with churches, schools, and other organizations to develop effective child safety best practices, child protection policies, and response protocols.
GRACE’s professional team includes former prosecutors, mental health professionals, and clergy who are all experts in addressing child abuse. Upon the completion of the criminal investigation by law enforcement (or if it has been prevented due to the statute of limitations or other legal complications), we are equipped to conduct a thorough and objective investigation of abuse allegations and provide necessary recommendations to your church or Christian organization.
GRACE connects individuals, the local church, and Christian organizations with the resources best suited for child abuse awareness, protection, and healing.
The mission of GRACE is to empower the Christian community through education and training to recognize, prevent, and respond to child abuse.
With over 60 million child abuse survivors nationwide, we are a country riddled with abuse and the effects of it. Too often, those within the Church have been uninformed about the complexities of child abuse. This has compounded its damaging effects on individuals, families, and faith communities with inappropriate and even negligent responses to signs and disclosures of abuse. Our collective failure as Christians to properly care for the most innocent and vulnerable among us has often been staggering.
As followers of Jesus Christ, the GRACE team seeks to be faithful and obedient to his teaching and the teachings of the whole of Scripture, which we believe put great value in the compassionate care and advocacy for children.
He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
-Mark 9:36-37 (NIV)
We believe that our care of children—our “welcoming” of them among us—is a direct reflection of our love for and obedience to God. Whatever we do for children, is done for him.
We hope to equip others with a vision for authentic responsibility, accountability, and compassion in the care for children and adult survivors of abuse. Though the history of the Church can make this approach seem radical, we believe it is nothing more and nothing less than the fulfillment of Jesus’ teaching.
We believe with proper education and training every church and ministry organization can navigate its responsibility to appropriately care for those who have been impacted by abuse.
GRACE exists to equip and assist faith communities to mirror God’s justice, mercy, and compassion for children and survivors of all ages