Thursday Thought — Resource Highlight: Domestic Abuse Training for (busy) Pastors

A Cry For Justice

We want to draw attention to a training resource for pastors and church leaders:  Domestic Abuse Training for (busy) Pastors: An outline for self-directed learners. This resource was created by Barbara Roberts and can be found on our Resources page under the subheading Training Materials. This PDF is an excellent introduction to a biblical response to domestic abuse — a topic that most seminaries fail to address.

The Table of Contents includes

  • A word about secular resources
  • Understanding abusers
  • Myths
  • Be prepared for the ‘yuck factor”
  • Understanding and responding to victim/survivors
  • Making abusers accountable and behaviour change programs
  • Understanding the situation of children
  • Understanding Risk and Making Safety Plans
  • Couple Counselling?
  • Understanding what the Bible says about Domestic Abuse:
    • Submission and Headship
    • Forgiveness
    • Suffering
    • Protection Orders — can you take a brother to court?
    • Separation and Divorce
    • The Mandate of the Church
  • Church Programs and Policies

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