Green Acres hosts church safety workshop for Texas Baptists church leaders


TYLER -- Texas Baptists, a state-wide denomination, is hosting the first of nine regional Church Safety Workshops at Green Acres Baptist Church on February 9. The workshop will be led by MinistrySafe founder and president Greg Love. MinistrySafe is a national and industry leader in sexual abuse risk reduction with a mission to protect children and those who serve them.

“Texas Baptists takes very seriously the safety of children at church,” said Dr. David Hardage, Texas Baptists executive director. “We are taking a proactive approach in providing the proper training for church leaders to ensure a safe environment for children.”

The Church Safety Workshop is designed to provide practical information regarding accurate details about abuse and abusers, a description of an effective ministry Safety System, and the resources and tools necessary to create an effective Safety System.

“One of the most effective ways to communicate those three pieces is through these Church Safety Workshops,” said Greg Love.

In 2016, the Texas Baptists Executive Board approved funding to make preventative trainings and resources available to church leaders around the state, emphasizing the need for stronger safety systems to be in place within church walls.

“Your leadership shared you do not have a crisis, but want to be on the front end of prevention,” Love said in an address to the executive board. “The BGCT is leading the way in helping equip churches.”

The event is free of charge to church leaders around Tyler. Registration is required to attend trainings. Visit texasbaptists.org/ministrysafe for more information and additional regional training dates for 2017.

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