Churches rally around the perpetrator, and gravitate to the preferred narrative, to charismatic leaders. The church response is that the [abuse] victim must be mixed up. Victims must then find help outside the church—it’s not a safe place anymore.
—Presenter at the Courage Conference, 2018
Equip the Church to Prevent Abuse
Pastors are often “first responders” to women in unsafe relationships, yet few have received any kind of training on domestic violence. Since 1 in 4 women experience assault or abuse, this education gap can be literally life threatening. CBE is creating a training resource to help pastors address and prevent abuse.
Recognizing that a good theology nurtures women safety but headship theology puts women at risk, CBE is developing a comprehensive, Bible-based resource to empower church leaders and educators to address sexism, prevent abuse, and create communities that promote the flourishing of women as equals. Pastors will learn how to encourage and create a community that demonstrates the equal value and dignity of girls and women, visibly and intentionally.
Research is complete and a content outline is developed. CBE is now working with contributors and creating a program evaluation plan, which will cost $35,000.