While the secular world can offer protection and advice, it cannot provide the one thing most needed: Jesus’s healing touch that brings renewal and hope.
The Evangelical Covenant Church addresses sexual assault and its related concern, domestic violence, through the Advocacy for Victims of Abuse initiative. As a church, we acknowledge the reality of brokenness and sin in the world as well as the power of community to heal brokenness through Jesus Christ. Advocacy for Victims of Abuse informs, educates, and raises awareness in our congregations and communities.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to community where women and men work together in a “blessed alliance,” seeking to bring the Gospel to a broken and struggling world. When people in our communities find the courage and the space to speak up about harassment, trauma, and abuse, our churches can be just the safe sanctuary needed to have helpful, honest conversation that works to raise awareness, incite healing, and lament brokenness. Toward that end, the following resource is offered as a starting point for congregations and their leaders.
This is a self-paced tutorial on abuse for clergy, spiritual leaders, and teachers. The purpose of this tutorial is to provide leaders with needed information on issues of domestic violence (also referred to as family violence) and childhood sexual assault. Given the prevalence of abuse, all faith leaders need basic knowledge about these two types of violence. This format permits you to gain this information at your convenience and at no cost to you.
Love Mercy Do Justice works in coordination with Covenant World Relief & Development, regional conferences, and local congregations who have partnerships with organizations on the ground in affected areas, to respond to those in need during times of disaster.
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ECC Conference: Central
Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes
C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary
Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius