Abuse Awareness: An Idea for Your Church
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
I realize that many of our readers are not currently part of a local church, but for those who are I wanted to recommend an idea that we have implemented in our church recently. We wanted to provide a way to not only educate our people regarding abuse in the church, but also give them a means of being part of this ministry. We are finding that inevitably people who regularly read the blog have their eyes opened to the injustice and evil of abuse hiding behind professed Christianity. Many thanks to the ladies in our church who took this project upon themselves.
Anyway, here it is — a bulletin board. Check out the photo. It has three sections: 1) Blog articles, 2) Comments, and 3) Our Stories. Some of the longer stories from victims/survivors are put into notebook folders for easier reading. People who still think that abuse is not hiding in the church and that churches are doing really quite well in dealing with the evil of abuse, will be jolted into reality if they begin to read these articles and comments and stories. You can discount one or two such testimonies. You cannot so easily ignore a multitude of witness voices.