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How Your Church Can Get Involved during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Our heart at Called to Peace Ministry is to help the individual and educate the Church. We understand that domestic abuse is a complicated and difficult issue and it is happening all around us, even in our churches. 1 in 3 women will experience intimate partner abuse and unfortunately, the statistics are no better in the Church (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). Thank you for taking an interest in learning more about how you can support women and families in your congregation who may be or are living in Domestic Abuse. We hope to partner with you!
One in three women have been impacted by domestic violence at some point in their lives. That means it has or is happening in your church! Join with Called to Peace Ministries as we recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout the month of October. All month we will focus our attention on educating and creating awareness surrounding the challenges that women and families experience who are trapped in domestic violence.
Are you ready to face this problem when it happens in your church? Does your congregation have a safe place to share if abuse is happening in their marriage?
As a Pastor, I believe Domestic Violence Awareness Month is our opportunity to bring attention to this problem which affects all of our churches. Here’s why this is so important:
1. Domestic violence and intimate partner abuse is most likely happening in your church. Awareness and change will come only when we recognize this is not just a problem, but it is our problem.
2. Pastors are called to shepherd the flock of God (1 Peter 5:1-4). By caring for those sheep in our flock who are oppressed, we are fulfilling our responsibilities as pastors and exhibiting the compassionate love of God for the oppressed.
3. Our response to domestic violence is a witness to the world of how we care well (or don’t care well) for those who are oppressed. It is an opportunity to model the love of God for us in Jesus Christ and the freedom which he brings in the gospel.
Church Partnership Liaison
Called to Peace Ministries is here to help you shepherd your congregation and wants to be a resource for you during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have a wide variety of tools and options for your church to utilize throughout the month.
- CTPM print resources to put in bathroom stalls or in your lobby
- DVAM table set up in your lobby for women and families to gather resources and to speak to someone if they need help
- Show a brief video about domestic violence during church or on your website
- Take up a special offering during the month of October for Called to Peace Ministries
- Invite me or our Executive Director, Joy Forrest to speak at your church for 10-15 minutes in the month of October
- Post on church social media outlets about Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- Share statistics during your church service to bring awareness and offer support
- Partner with Called to Peace Ministries to become equipped to handle domestic violence in your church and create a church wide domestic violence response plan
- Connect people in your church to CTPM domestic violence support groups
- Purchase purple pinwheels for $10 a piece to put out on your church property
We’d love to hear what your plans are for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we’re eager to help you get the word to your church out about this vital issue!
About CTPM Church Ministry Partnership
Our heart at Called to Peace Ministries is to help the individual and educate the Church. We understand that domestic abuse is a complicated and difficult issue and it is happening all around us, even in our churches. 1 in 3 women will experience intimate partner abuse and unfortunately, the statistics are no better in the Church (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). Thank you for taking an interest in learning more about how you can support women and families in your congregation who may be or are living in Domestic Abuse. We hope to partner with you!
We know that church leaders want the best for their congregations, working and praying for healthy spirituality, relationships, and families. Sometimes, however, leaders may not have the training or experience on how to helpfully assess and enter into domestic abuse situations, which could result in potentially harmful effects and even risk the safety of victims.
CTPM is available for you and your church as a ministry resource. We can enter into the domestic abuse situation with you and help equip you with our expertise and biblical training. Experts now suggest that a community coordinated response is the best way to achieve a successful outcome when it comes to domestic abuse and coercive control.
Through a Called to Peace Ministries Church Partnership, We Can Provide Support To Your Church
- Access to training links to past conferences.
- Quarterly Training on Domestic Abuse for your church leadership
- Free tickets to our biennial conference
- Copies of the Called to Peace book, and a workbook to share with your congregation and counseling staff
- One-on-one consulting for high-need cases each year (5-10 cases a year)
- Pastoral Training
- Trained Advocates to support difficult Domestic Abuse cases within the church
- Discounted rates to our advocacy training
“The Church has justifiably come under
criticism for its handling of domestic abuse.”
DANNY AKIN President,
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“As a result of meeting with you [CTPM] and a few others, we were able to put forth a plan to help this family.”
PHIL SASSER Pastor,
Sovereign Grace Church, Apex
“You all were so helpful in pointing me to resources and then just being in the room.”
STEVEN WADE Pastor and Professor,
Faith Baptist Church & SEBTS
I’m interested in Becoming a CTPM Church Partner:
To begin a CTPM Church Partnership, contact Jim Upchurch, our Church Partnership Liason & Advocate and he will help you assess your churches needs and give you more information.
To support, sustain, and enable CTPM to continue our work with churches and women, a monthly, quarterly, or annual partnership donation from your church is appreciated once we determine how we can best help you. We suggest giving levels from $100 to $500 per month depending on which areas of support would best serve your ministry needs.
Ordering the Book and Workbook
Learn the story behind Called to Peace Ministries. Whether you are in an abusive relationship yourself, or desire to help someone else who is suffering from domestic abuse, Joy Forrest offers hope, inspiration, and biblical guidance in her book, Called to Peace. The workbook provides a scripture-based curriculum for group or individual use. Learn biblical keys for healing after domestic abuse.
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