Safe Sanctuaries® - Discipleship Ministries
Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where children, youth and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company Safety Library Resource
Brotherhood Mutual’s Guidelines for Ministry Workers offers instructions for developing a screening and supervision program within your church through written policies and forms.
An agency of The United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples.
Our Cokesbury Community Resource Consultants
Community Resource Consultants (CRCs) are a team of highly trained individuals providing personalized response and trusted, relevant resources to support your ministry. They are equipped to make personal visits at a time convenient for your hectic schedule. Below is the CRC for your area.
If you are looking for informative, entertaining curriculum for worship services, Sunday school, and small group studies, be sure to check out the EOC Media Center.
A Sacred Trust
This four-part series highlights the need for healthy boundaries in the clergy-congregant or teacher-student relationship and illustrates the impact of appropriate boundaries in promoting effective ministry.
The accompanying facilitator's guide includes background information, discussion questions, inter-active exercises, and audience handouts.
This resource was placed in the Media Center by the East Ohio Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and is available for any church or district in East Ohio Conference to use.
Media Center Resource Code - (DVDKST)
Reducing the Risk - 2nd Edition
This 2-disc DVD set provides churches and ministries a comprehensive support program to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse. The kit includes a training manual, a resource book and these six presentations.
Media Center Resource Code - (MIN005D)
Reducing the Risk - 3rd Edition: Keeping Your Ministry
Child sexual abuse still occurs regularly in today's churches. The main reason is that churches fail to properly screen and train staff and volunteer workers before putting them into service. The 3rd edition kit includes everything you need to begin strengthening the security of your church's youth and children's ministry programs.
The kit is designed to help you institute a complete prevention program, including: screening, interviewing, training, monitoring, and responding. You'll be equipped with tools to help you keep records on each of your children and youth workers, prevent the wrong people from gaining access to children and youth, and have a fully-trained youth and child protection ministry staff.
The kit includes a Training DVD with 10 video training segments, a Leader's Guide, a Trainee Workbook, and Screening Forms & Records Files.
Media Center Resource Code - (MIN004D)
Safe Sanctuaries for Children and Youth: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church
Joy Thornburg Melton is an attorney and a United Methodist Clergy. She brings this informative DVD to help Christian clergy and laity assess risk and implement processes to reduce the likelihood of abuse in their congregations. If your church has not yet developed policies to protect both the children and youth in your care and the adults who work with them, now is the time. The 90 minute DVD is divided into three segments:
Media Center Resource Code - (DVDSS1)
CyberSafety for Families
Worried about the safety of children on the Internet? The CyberSafety for Families CD offers teaching plans and tips for talking with children about cybersafety. It also contains information you can use to establish family guidelines for using the Internet, and all the tools you will need to create a presentation to your church community.
Content on the CD includes: planning guide, teaching plans, handouts and a 30 minute movie presentation.
Media Center Resource Code - (MIN011C)
Think Before You Click: Playing It Safe Online
While the internet is a place of promise and progress, it is also a place of peril for young teens. Chat rooms, e-mail, and texting allow teens to keep in touch with friends, but also offer the potential for youngsters to be abused in ways they have not considered. Using real teens in a peer-to-peer format, this video helps teens navigate problems and learn important rules and strategies to keep them safe while surfing the net.
This 24-minute program explores online bullying and rumor spreading, identity theft, blogging and the real threat of sexual predators. Viewers learn to "think before you click" in order to avoid embarrassing yourself or hurting others, while keeping yourself and others safe.
Media Center Resource Code - (YMI002D)
Safety Tips on a Sensitive Subject: Child Sexual Abuse
Mutual Insurance 2005
A noted attorney and a psychologist who specialize in sexual abuse cases share their knowledge. Learn how to prevent an occurrence at your church and what to do if there is an allegation.
This resource may be used by any church in East Ohio Conference, whether or not the church is a Media Center member church.
Media Center Resource Code - (CDR020)
Healing Years: Surviving Incest and Child Sexual Abuse
This powerful documentary profiles three women through their journey from the pain and despair of incest as they work to end the cycle for generations ahead. Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derber, 79 year-old Barbara Hamilton, and Janice Mirikitani, who is president of San Francisco's Glide Memorial United Methodist Church are diverse women who have made the journey into recovery.
The guide suggests that more people go to their clergy person with their problems than any other type of professional. It is our responsibility to ensure that as Christians, we work to bring about healing to those who suffer and not as a roadblock to their healing. The guide provides specific suggestions for faith communities to help victims and prevent future abuse.
Media Center Resource Code - (DSI004)
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