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This Week in Ministry: How to Keep Your Church Safe

This week’s ministry briefing offers stories that will help you keep your church safe and secure. Oftentimes safety in the church starts with the very basic practice of listening well. In an article by Chris Huff, we found a challenging call to make empathy a top priority. Empathy is especially essential when there’s a difficult phone call to make with someone at your church.

Leaders who can place themselves in the shoes of others and share their experiences more personally will let their church members feel they are heard and valued. For those who have had negative experiences in the church, a leader who listens can go a long way to resolving those wounds. Listening well can also diffuse the tension when you need to have a difficult conversation. If people know they’ve been heard, leaders can navigate difficult situations where they may need to say “No” to a long time or highly committed member.

On a more somber note, Joyce Meyer shared this week that her father had raped her more than 200 times until she turned 18 years old. Meyer shared her story because victims of sexual abuse struggle to share the truth with others and are often not believed. Meyer wants victims to know that there is hope for healing and that she now loves her life and ministry. With proper security safeguards at your church, consulting trained abuse prevention experts, and remaining vigilant in your church facility, your church can create a safe haven for women and children.

As for practical safety in the church, online and network security are becoming essential parts of every church today where a staff member who accidentally downloads a virus could lead to major problems for a church’s computers and finances. Bank accounts that are managed online could be jeopardized if a hacker can get access to the records stored on your computer. As more churches turn to online tools for giving and banking, review your software, staff training, and network set up to ensure that you have all of the proper security measures in place. Consulting a trained IT expert about your online security can help your church avoid a financial tragedy.

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