Summit In Focus
WHAT IS THE SEXUAL ABUSE SUMMIT?
The Summit is a two-day conference focused on addressing the risk and responding well to child sexual abuse in ministry environments. Summit speakers are attorneys, experts, pastors and counselors who regularly address legal, pastoral and counseling issues related to child sexual abuse.
- Understanding the Risk
- Implementing Preventative Measures
- Preparing for and Responding to an Allegation
- Complying with Abuse Reporting Requirements
- Responding Well to an Allegation
- Caring for Abuse Survivors
- Top 5 Legal Issues Encountered by Pastors
Addressing Sexual Abuse In The Church
For nearly a decade, child sexual abuse has been the number one reason ministries have ended up in the courtroom. Child sexual abuse is devastating to the victim, the victim’s family, the congregation and the church itself, creating ongoing harm to the abuse survivor, negative public perception and significant financial loss.
Offenders are drawn to child-serving programs with fewer protections in place – the welcoming, inclusive environment in Christian ministries provides a prime target.
Consider these facts: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before reaching 18 years of age, and these statistics skip no spiritual paradigm.
1 in 3 reported cases involve peer sexual abuse: children abusing other children.
Day 1: Providing ministry leaders with relevant information and resources, empowering attendees with proactive safeguards to protect children, and equipping ministry personnel to navigate the legal and practical challenges.
Day 2: Discussing the impact of child sexual abuse on abuse survivors, understanding models of care and a compassionate response, and creating environments where abuse survivors feel protected and supported.
Join us as we tackle these thorny issues in a hurting world.
Kimberlee Norris and Gregory Love’s expertise was evident from the moment we met them. They have become trusted voices we can contact whenever we need counsel. MinistrySafe helped us to meet our objective of providing a secure environment for children to hear the gospel.
— Doug Stanley, Operations Director at The Village Church - Flower Mound, TX
MinistrySafe has provided us with high impact, practical solutions and methodologies that will live on for years in all our ministry locations. Every program needs to hear from MinistrySafe. Regardless of what you have in place, they will increase the level of protection in your program.
— Mike Diggs, Safety Director at The Rock Church - San Diego, CA
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DAY 1 (Lunch provided)
DAY 2 (No lunch)
Our Christian outdoor adventure camps have been using MinistrySafe for Sexual Abuse Awareness Training for years. It is a critical component of our efforts to protect minors. Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris have been helpful partners for years, providing excellent resources and services.
— Jeff Ward, Director of Finance & Administration at Glorieta Camps - Glorieta, NM