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Sexual Abuse Prevention

Quick Start Booklet

Help your church get started preventing and responding to abuse.

Take action now.

Contact one of these MBC-approved ministries to educate and equip your people.

Caring Well, an SBC Initiative

Churches should be a refuge for those who have experienced abuse. But, too often, survivors haven’t found the protection they deserve and the care they need from the church. Are you ready to join us in changing that?

Stewards of Children

The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home offers this two-hour training that features video of survivors of sexual abuse and an interactive workbook. The prevention training gives people the skills to create safer environments. It makes them more willing to intervene in unsafe behaviors by adults with children. For more information, contact David Burch at the MBCH.

Ministry Safe

This five-part safety system focuses on protecting our children from the devastating consequences of sexual abuse. It includes: sexual abuse awareness training; skillful screening; appropriate criminal background checks; tailored policies and procedures; and monitoring and oversight.

Protecting the Most Vulnerable in Your Church: Bulletin Handout

Order copies by calling 800.736.6227 ext. 303.

Other Resources

There are also other areas where you can work to protect your church. Do you have a church security plan? Are you doing all you can to ensure that paid staff and volunteers are vetted properly? Do you have a policy that clearly states the circumstances under which your property may be used for ceremonies such as weddings?

These are challenging issues. Negligence in any of these areas could result in harm to the very people God has placed in our care. Fortunately, there are excellent resources to help your church address these issues.

Church Security

Strategos International has more than a dozen training programs to help equip and prepare your congregation against the threat of an armed or unarmed intruder.

Background Checks

Choice Screening is the exclusive partner of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Choice specializes in church administration and creates personalized screening packages that focus on your specific needs and budget.

Church Bylaws and Policies

The Whitehead Law Firm partners with the MBC to provide free downloadable model church bylaws and policies on human sexuality and marriage. (Note: This is not legal advice and does not substitute for an attorney.)

Counseling for Pastors and Their Families

The Missouri Baptist Convention has partnered with Christian counselors around Missouri. Confidential, financially assisted help for Missouri Baptist vocational or bi-vocational church leaders and their families is available.