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Child Safety Resources

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From Overture 6 – Georgia Foothills Presbytery
“Child Protection in the PCA”

“All church leaders should become informed and take an active stance toward preventing child sexual abuse in the church by screening staff and volunteers, training them in child protection, and actively maintaining child protection policies pertaining to our obligations to love our children and protect their rightful interests as God’s image-bearers from the devastating actions of abusers.” (Matthew 18:5-6)

CEP recommends the following resources regarding Child Safety:

Books

  • Child Safety Guidelines for Local Churches by Roger N. McNamara (Xulon Press)
  • Safe Kids: Policies and Procedures for Protecting Children in the Church by Blake Caldwell (Beacon Hill)
  • Preventing Child Abuse by Beth A Swagman (Faith Alive Christian Resources)
    • Helps churches and nonprofit organizations develop policies and procedures to protect children and youth.
  • Safekeeping by Henni Helleman, Patricia J Vos (Faith Alive Christian Resources)
    • An age-appropriate two-session abuse prevention curriculum for grades K-8.

Online Resources

  • Brotherhood Mutual Insurance—Brotherhood Mutual provides an Online library of safety and risk management materials created especially for churches and related ministries. The website has articles, checklists, guidebooks and tools, publications, sample forms, and training.
  • MinistrySafe—MinistrySafe is another online ministry that trains church staff and volunteers in the area of child abuse prevention
  • Safe Kids at Church
  • Doulos Resources

Examples of Policies

VBS

Looking for VBS resources? Check these out…

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VBS Reachout Adventures: Follow the famous fleeing prophet Jonah, tracing his roundabout route to repentance to discover life-changing truths about the Savior he points to.

 

 

 

Great Commission Publications–The King is Coming: From Creation to Revelations, tell God’s complete story in one week around the theme of castles, knights and all that is kingly.

 

vbs-slide-osm Scottish Sleuths Vacation Bible School Curriculum: This VBS series has been designed to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to children through a week-long, intensive study of God’s Word.

Resources for Parents

 

BOOKS:

Women's Ministry Tools

Pray-Play-Plan — Leadership paradigm to give your meetings a fresh approach

Securing Your Next Guest Speaker

Prayer Guide for Church Leaders

Diagnostic Tool

stethoscope-iconWhen is the last time you or your women’s ministry leadership team asked the question, “Why are we doing what we are doing?” Perhaps this diagnostic tool will prime the pump for some productive conversations about the overall health of your women’s ministry or help you critically evaluate the effectiveness of an ongoing program or event. Click here to download the Women’s Ministry Diagnostic Tool.

Trainers help churches apply tools such as this and many other resources to help them diagnose the overall health of their women’s ministries. Click here to learn more about our trainers or to schedule a training contact Karen Hodge.

Titus 2 / Spiritual Mothering

Titus 2 – A small group ministry model for women’s ministries.

Coffee Questions — Conversation ideas for connecting with women in your ministry.

Women's Ministry Officers

Officer Installation Questions – Helpful officer installation questions to be used by the pastor or another qualified person.

Officer Change Form – New officers? We want to know! Update us here!

New Books & Bible Studies

Revelation: Let the One Who is Thirsty Come by Sarah Ivill

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.” (John 5:46) This 10-lesson study leads the student to discover how Moses wrote of Jesus in these last four books of the Pentateuch and again reminds that the entire Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is the story of “the Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world.” (DVD also available)

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The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy by Nancy Guthrie

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.” (John 5:46) This 10-lesson study leads the student to discover how Moses wrote of Jesus in these last four books of the Pentateuch and again reminds that the entire Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is the story of “the Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world.” (DVD also available)

Psalms, Volume 2: Finding the Way to Prayer and Praise by Kathleen Buswell Nielson

A welcomed addition to Kathleen’s Living Word Bible Studies, this second study of Psalms continues to teach the student how to read and mine the treasures of God’s Word, led through carefully crafted questions rather than commentary. (12 lessons) Look for other studies in this series.

Children’s

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Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt

Written for parents to read with their 5-8 year olds, the adventures of Cassie and Caleb lead to a time of teaching biblical thinking:

  • “…the magnificence of God’s gender design”
  • Jesus in all the scriptures
  • Our authority: God’s Word; our purpose: His glory
  • The covenant family and the church
  • How to live and think God’s way

Each story concludes with interactive questions, further Bible study, and prayer guided toward principles taught.

Bibliography

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Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby

A look into the unusual love story and the lives of Ken and Joni as they celebrate 30 years of marriage. The challenges, faithfulness, and God’s grace will make each of us look at our own relationships through new eyes.

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Books on Youth Ministry

YOUTH CULTURE:

YOUTH MINISTRY RESEARCH AND TRENDS:

YOUTH MINISTRY TOOLS:

REFORMED YOUTH MINISTRY:

Youth Ministry Websites

RESOURCE WEBSITES:

TRAINING WEBSITES:

CULTURE AND RESEARCH WEBSITES:

STUDIES AND CURRICULUM:

Youth Ministry Conferences

YXL: 

www.pcacep.org.  There are three YXL conferences each summer: (1) YXL East at Covenant College (2) YXL Northeast in Pennsylvania (3) YXL West at Horn Creek, CO.  Each conference is a student leadership development conference committed to the same general philosophy of developing student leaders but each conference has its own leadership team.  CEP runs the one at Covenant College.

RYM: 

www.rymonline.org  Summer conferences, youth leader training and some mission trips.  Solid reformed youth organization.

ROOTED: 

http://rootedconference.com  A Theology Conference for Students.  The youth ministry conference of Together for the Gospel.

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Online Devotionals & Webcasts

  • Scotty Smith’s (Heavenward) DevotionalsMen often feel too dirty for God to like very much. Scotty Smith, the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN, helps men take the concept of God’s unconditional love and unmerited grace from their heads to their hearts.
  • Man In the Mirror DVD’s and Webcasts by Pat Morley: Man In the Mirror has a variety of DVD’s and Webcast options that touch on nearly every topic of interest to men.
  • Men of the Covenant Audio:   These streaming audio recordings are taken from the Wednesday morning teaching provided to Briarwood’s Men of the Covenant group. Biblical teaching on various men’s issues is provided by Briarwood’s staff or other qualified teachers.  
  • Effective Men’s Ministry Tutorials:  Dr. Gary Yagel draws upon 8 years of experience helping PCA churches build effective men’s ministries and his work as a presenter of Man in the Mirror’s No Man Left Behind 20-hour training to provide ten, 6-12 minute, video tutorials (free on Vimeo), which explain various aspects of effective men’s ministry.

Sexual Purity Resources

SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Samson Society GroupsThe Samson Society defines itself as a fellowship of Christian men who are serious about authenticity, community, humility & recovery – serious, not grave. A weekly Samson Society meeting follows an agenda that is similar to that of a 12-Step, or Celebrate Recovery group, but the brotherhood connection is far deeper, going beyond the meeting. Samson Society support groups, though originally founded for men with sexual addictions, are for all men, and can be found in many cities and started in the local church.
  • Harvest USA Support GroupsHarvest USA has offices that sponsor support groups in Philadelphia: 215-482-0111, info@harvestusa.org; Pittsburgh: 412-561-7700, pittsburgh@harvestusa.org; Chattanooga, TN: 423-482-0434, midsouth@harvestusa.org. They are also a valuable resource to assist you to start a support group.

SOFTWARE PROTECTION

BOOKS & SMALL GROUP STUDIES

  • False Intimacy by Harry Schaumburg
    With frank honesty, set in a Christian context, False Intimacy examines the roots behind destructive sexual behaviors and offers realistic direction to those whose lives or ministries have been impacted by sexual addiction.
  • Sexual Sanity for Men by David White
    This study is written by the men’s ministry coordinator for Harvest USA, a ministry begun at Tenth Pres, Philadelphia that brings the truth and mercy of Jesus Christ to the sexually broken. This, in-depth transformative study contains 14 chapters, each with 5 daily readings for journaling. It is designed to be used individually or in a group.
  • Grace Transformed Sexuality by Gary Yagel
    This nine-week men’s small group study is designed to equip the everyday Christian teen or man with grace centered biblical principles for battling lust BEFORE he slides down the slope of addiction to pornography. The study is a safe place allowing men to find strength in other men battling lust without putting any man on the spot to share the specifics of his struggle.

Books & Small Group Studies

GRACE-CENTERED MEN’S MINISTRY

  • Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell
    In this challenging yet heart-warming work, Bryan Chapell illustrates the principles of grace, the practices of faith, and the motives of love in living a life of holiness. Free study guide available at www.bryanchapell.com.
  • The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
    Tim Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus’ parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both. The Prodigal God challenges the devout and the skeptic alike to see Christianity in a whole new way.
  • The Gospel Centered Life by World Harvest Mission
    This is a nine-lesson small group study intended to help participants understand how the gospel shapes every aspect of life. Each lesson is self-contained, featuring clear teaching from scripture, and requires no extra work outside of the group setting.

GENERAL MEN’S DISCIPLESHIP RESOURCES

  • Man Alive by Pat Morley
    Most men know that Jesus promised “a rich and satisfying life” but too many are confused about what that looks like. In this book and DVD series Morley shows men how to channel their seven primal needs into a powerful, transformed life.
  • How God Makes Men by Pat Morley
    In this book, Morley takes you into Scripture for a first-hand encounter with ten epic stories of the Bible’s most talked-about men, and ten proven principles—based on their failures and successes—that show how God works in a man’s life, and how you can cooperate with Him in yours.
  • Men’s Fraternity by Robert Lewis
    Men’s Fraternity is a three year DVD series that encourages and teaches men how to live lives of authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ and directed by the Word of God. Men’s Fraternity Classic is the original video series consisting of 3 volumes: The Quest for Authentic Manhood (24 sessions) Winning at Work and Home (16 sessions)The Great Adventure (20 sessions). 33 The Series is their new DVD series curriculum.

GODLY MANHOOD

  • The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard Phillips
    This book addresses a growing void within the church: the lack of male leadership. Proposing the foundation that it is man’s chief concern to bring glory to God through the means of keeping and guarding, the author effectively and systematically addresses the main elements of a man’s biblical calling.
  • The Quest for Biblical Manhood: Year 1 of Men’s Fraternity
    The first year of this popular DVD series focuses on masculinity and the wounds that take place to the masculine heart.  The more recent production is 33 The Series, focuses on A Man and His Design, A Man and His Story, and A Man and His Traps.
  • Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood by Dennis Rainey
    This new book and 10 week DVD series approaches men’s discipleship from the perspective of 5 steps towards being a man:  boyhood, an age of discovery, adolescence, an age of pushing and pulling, manhood, an age of stepping up again and again, mentoring, an age of impact, and patriarch, an age of influence.

VERTICAL HEART ALIGNMENT

  • Desiring God by John Piper
    In this captivating book and 10-session DVD study, Piper reveals how delighting in God can motivate us to glorify him through worship, stewardship, loving our neighbor, suffering, and other “duties.” This book strengthens men’s relationship with God simply by helping them enjoy Him and His creation more.
  • Counterfeit Gods by Tim KellerDaily, men hear the voices of false gods like success, status, prestige, power, pleasure, control that claim to be the key to happiness. But the truth is that these good things can’t give us what they promise. This book helps men realize that intimacy with God is the answer to their deepest longings.
  • Addictions: A Banquet In the Grave by Ed Welch
    Welch’s thesis is this: “The true nature of all addictions is that we have chosen to go outside the boundaries of the kingdom of God and look for blessing in the land of idols.  In turning to idols, we are saying that we desire something in creation more than we desire the Creator.”  Men need to hear that satisfying our souls in God is foundational to keeping our hearts from being captured by idols.

BIBLICAL MARRIAGE

  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
    Christian men’s surveys reveal that their top request for help is with their marriages.  Keller’s clear-eyed understanding of the Bible and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, make The Meaning of Marriage essential reading for men who want to love their wives well.
  • The Marriage Prayer by David Delk and Pat Morley
    This book identifies five crucial areas of marriage to focus on together:  Faithfulness, Priorities, Purpose, Unity and Attitude by providing case studies, individual and group quizzes, as well as questions for reflection and discussion. It is a great tool for a husband to invite his wife to go through together.
  • Intimacy: God’s Design for Marriage by Sandy and Gary Yagel
    83% of Christian wives believe their husbands do not understand their need for emotional intimacy and in another study 83% of husbands said their wives do not understand their need physical intimacy. Using the format of three conversational dates, this booklet is designed to help husbands and wives better love each other by discussing and understanding their differences with regards to intimacy.

GODLY FATHERHOOD

  • Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp
    With compassion, wit and wisdom, Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting families during the often chaotic adolescent years. Gain assurance of God’s provision for parenting success and discover ways to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with your teens. Also available in DVD format.
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
    Tripp’s book provides a biblical vision for the parenting task and specific objectives for each age group. The centrality of the Gospel and the focus on heart attitude rather than external conformity set this book apart from other parenting resources.
  • Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis
    Beginning with a biblical perspective of manhood, author-pastor Lewis shares a unique approach to shaping a boy into a man by equipping him with three essential elements: a vision, a code of conduct, and a cause–Christianity–in which to invest his life. Also available as a 6 session DVD series.

CALLED TO THE WORKPLACE

  • How Then Should We Work? by PCA Ruling Elder Hugh Whelchel
    Recovering the Biblical doctrine of work is central to men’s discipleship. Businessman Hugh Whelchel provides a thorough and deeply-satisfying biblical answer to the question he’d asked himself for 25 years, “Does my work matter to God?” His thorough investigation reveals the eternal significance of work within the grand, Biblical story of God’s mission for man throughout history.
  • Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller
    With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work that we work to serve others, not ourselves can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship not just of self-interest.
  • A Man’s Guide to Work by Pat Morley
    Half a man’s life is bound up in his work, but few men ever learn a biblical framework, to help think correctly about all those hours, weeks and years they invest in their job. No matter what the color of their collar, men are introduced to principles which provide a better understanding of themselves and how to be most effective and valuable to the Lord in their vocation.

BECOMING A BAND OF BROTHERS

  • Samson and the Pirate Monks by Nate Larkin
    Larkin spells out his own story of sexual brokenness in Samson with stark honesty. But his story of sexual addiction is really only the surface issue. The underlying story is of isolation in the church culture in which Nate grew up, a culture that is sadly still prevalent in our churches today and is a breeding ground for secret sin. This is a story about men who are helping one another to take off their pious masks and bear their souls. The subtitle really captures the book’s purpose: “Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood.”
  • Forging Bonds of Brotherhood by Gary Yagel
    How do you get a man to understand his need to be connected to other brothers in Christ and equip him to build a friendship with a few men for encouragement and accountability? Give him a copy of this booklet. It is short enough for him to read on a Sunday afternoon (60 pages) and practical enough for him to know what steps to take to take to connect with a few brothers. The discussion questions at the end of each of the 9 chapters also make it a great book for a men’s bible study.
  • INsourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church by Randy Pope
    More than 25 years ago, the leadership team of Perimeter Church, a rapidly growing church founded by Randy Pope, realized that personal life-on-life missional discipleship was accounting for a unique and unmatched depth of spiritual growth and heart for outreach within the individuals involved. This book tells the story of how they learned to bring discipleship back from the margins of church life to the mainstream.
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