The Christian Century compiled this resource guide on the subject of Sexual Abuse & the Church. My cover story and sidebar from the January issue are reprinted, with discussion questions added. A whole host of other articles are reprinted as well. This is a free resource, so spread the word!
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As a pastor I know how difficult, but important, it is to address the topic of sexual abuse — from the pulpit, in leadership meetings, and in adult education classes. Because I have unsought expertise in this topic, I am committed to sharing resources with my readers. Please feel free to use these and share them with others (please keep my byline in the footer). Let me know what happens when you use them, and feel free to make suggestions for revisions, or suggest additional resources that would be helpful to you.
~ Devotional on Tamar, found in 2 Samuel 13.
For Team Training on responding to abuse:
~ Training Scenarios of various inappropriate behavior in churches — how would you respond?
~ Readers Theater version of the story of Tamar, found in 2 Samuel 13.
~ Discussion Guide (Ministry Leaders) to facilitate a church’s response to #MeToo.
For Small Groups responding to personal stories of abuse:
~ Discussion Guide (General) for groups responding to the experience of sexual abuse.