Child Sexual Abuse Prevention



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We urge anyone with knowledge of an instance of sexual abuse to report to law enforcement or Child Protective Services immediately.

We also encourage anyone affected by sexual abuse in an affiliated church to contact our Texas Baptists Counseling Services.

MinistrySafe is a national and industry leader in sexual abuse risk reduction with a mission to protect children and those who serve them. Founders Greg Love and Kimberlee Norris are sexual abuse attorneys with a nationwide legal practice limited to issues involving child sexual abuse. Texas Baptists leans into the expertise of MinistrySafe to provide practical information regarding child sexual abuse prevention including the...

  • WHY (accurate information about abuse and abusers)
  • WHAT (description of an effective ministry Safety System)
  • HOW(resources and tools necessary to create an effective Safety System)

You can learn more about MinistrySafe through these links:


Trainings

Webinars

Texas Baptists desire to assist our churches with awareness and education on the topic of sexual abuse prevention, specifically in ministry contexts. We partner with MinistrySafe to offer online webinar opportunities on a variety of topics related to sexual abuse prevention. The 60 - 90 minute webinars take a deeper dive into topics such as Background Checks, Sexual Abuse Awareness Training, Skillful Screening, Monitoring and Oversight, Policies and Procedures, and many more. You can view our upcoming webinars below or sign up to be notified of webinar dates. 

Model of Care for Abuse Survivors
October 18, 2022 | 9:30 - 11:00 am
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Church Safety Workshop "Lite"

This is a 2 hour online presentation on the effective parts of a Safety System, created for ministers that are unable to attend a live training.

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Sexual Abuse Awareness Training

Sexual Abuse Awareness Training is key in equipping staff members and volunteers to better understand the risk of child sexual abuse.  Texas Baptists is providing FREE access to this nearly 90 minute online training video and certification quiz, the first step of the MinistrySafe 5-Part Safety System, to encourage, support, and equip you with information to protect children in your care.

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Presenter
Gregory Love

Gregory Love is a recognized expert in legal standards of care related to child sexual abuse, providing crisis response to ministries and churches nationwide. Litigating sexual abuse cases across the United States, his unique perspective provides valuable counsel to ministry and secular consulting clients, including the United States Olympic Committee, Awana International, Nazarene Global Ministries, Bob Jones University, Methodist conferences and Baptist Conventions and Associations. A shareholder and partner in the law firm of Love & Norris, Love serves as co-founder of MinistrySafe and Abuse Prevention Systems. In addition to creating loss control resources for insurance companies, Love regularly trains underwriting and risk management professionals to assess sexual abuse risk. Love has served as guest lecturer at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary.

We believe this is a significant issue for churches and we are offering this to you and encouraging you to take full advantage of it.  Let’s keep children safe at church!  We are asking you to bring a team of leaders from your church, particularly those that work with children, to the training that we are offering through MinistrySafe.


David Hardage
Executive Director, Texas Baptists

Testimonials
Here's what Texas Baptists pastors, ministers, and directors are saying about MinistrySafe

"This is vital for all our leaders to know."


"We are not as prepared as we think we are."


"I believe there is not a church or an organization which deals with youth or children that would not benefit from this training. As a pastor and former youth minister, I wish I had this training years ago."


"We need to be better prepared and more willing to protect what God has allowed us to do with our children."

Resources

To receive notifications about upcoming MinistrySafe trainings and webinars, please visit our Texas Baptists Subscription Center.  Choose "MinistrySafe Events" under the Center for Ministerial Health section, then submit your name and email address.

Find church resources and learn more about implementing an entire church safety strategy through MinistrySafe’s 5-Part Safety System.  

Additional Resources


Any questions? 

Please reach out to:
Katie Swafford
Director, Texas Baptists Counseling Services
(214) 828-5188
katie.swafford@texasbaptists.org