CHURCH AS A REFUGE:
Understanding power, control, abuse and church as a safe place.
One day conference with guest keynote speaker: Dr Diane Langberg
Hosts: Jacqui Wright & Cliff Turner, Church as a Refuge and Hugh Palmer, All Souls, London.
Postponed to 2021 due to COVID 19; date to be determined.
About Church as a Refuge
Church as a Refuge is a one day conference where everyone is welcome. It is especially for church leaders, Christian organisations, Bible college and seminary students, mission boards, therapists, counsellors and safeguarding leads in the UK to better understand power, control and abuse within the church. The aim is for church leaders to create a safe culture and healing environment for abuse survivors and to prevent abuse.
Leadership in the church is a holy trust from the Lord himself, who loves his people. Any power that we have -- at home, in the workplace, in society, or in the church -- is ours only as it is received from God (Larger Catechism 129). That power carries with it unique temptations, alongside unique opportunities to bless others.
Tragically, many people come to church bearing emotional and spiritual scars from past or present abuse received from those in power over them--parents, spouses, bosses, or church leaders. Physical, verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse is much more common in the church than we would like to think. How do we pastor these people well? And how do we do everything in our power to ensure that our churches are a refuge for those who need “shelter from the storm” (Isaiah 32:2)"
Often church leaders are well meaning but clumsy in their efforts to come alongside vulnerable people, and ill-equipped also to lead abusers to repentance. Sometimes our “care” adds an extra layer of suffering onto already painful circumstances. This conference is for those who earnestly desire to grow in wisdom and insight in these matters, so as more effectively to build up those who have been sinned against, and bind up their wounds.
Please feel free to contact Church as a Refuge by email or alternatively fill in the form below. If you need to speak to someone on the phone, please send your details and query within the form.