How Can a Church Deal With Child Abuse?

Be Proactive


Church staff can feel powerless and poorly equipped when it comes to child abuse. The best way to work against abuse is to be proactive. Julie Lowe is a counselor and faculty member for CCEF. She holds an M.A. in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, has over fifteen years of counseling experience, and teaches on topics ranging from parenting to abuse. Listen to Julie advise churches about dealing with child abuse. 



Churches need to have a plan in place on how to work through child abuse. For the sake of the victim and the offender, it's important to know the church's policy beforehand.  

Has your church developed a policy on handling child abuse? If so, is there anything that still needs to be addressed? If not, how can you begin the conversation with church leadership?
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Does your church have policies in place to protect children from abuse while they are at church? What does your church do to help abused children who come to your church? How do you proceed if a child is abused by church member?
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Has your church ever dealt with child abuse? What happened? What do you think was handled well? Where does the church need to improve?
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What can you and your church do in the next month to prepare to stand against child abuse? Do you need to start the conversation? Write policies and procedures? What can you do to love known victims and offenders in your congregation this week?
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Churches need to stand against abuse. Challenge your congregation to be proactive, make a plan, and love well. 



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