Violence in Christian or Non-Christian marriage goes aginst scripture.
It is written in"Ephesians 5:25
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."
That is God's heart desire for marriage! Period!
Perplexity Or Denial:
Unfortunately, domestic abuse is common place within marraiges in the church & domestic violence is very present. We do not know of any church that condones or embraces domestic violence and that is good news. However we know of many churches who are in denial, untrained on how to deal with or manage domestic violence. Far too many are ill equipped, unprepared and unresponsive to the CRY of many women in the house of God who are terrified by their husbands. for these women. life is a nightmare!
How do you know?
Someone once asked; "How do you detect domestic abuse or domestic violence in the church?" The answer is simple: Take a good look at the faces of women sitting next to you in the church. Look intently beneath the make up and mascara and you will see pain, sorrow and in many cases - bruises!
Ask the question; 'Are you okay? If and when she has the courage to tell you, then believe. love respect and support her. Nothing is worse than taking the risk of telling someone and then being treated as though you had exaggerated and it really couldn't be that bad.
Some pastors, churches and denominations allow church dogma or tradition to force victims
to remain in these turbulent marriages.
Scriptures like."Wives obey hour husband" is commonly used to encourage women to submit to violence. Unfortunately, many women die from violent spousal abuse and some others commit suicide. This is the shame that goes on in our churches all over the world and
it is time to put a stop to it!
CHURCH FAITH NETWORK
We welcome pastors and churches who have a desire to minister the love of Christ to victims of domestic abuse by personally volunteering their time, energy and talents to the cause. The importance of establishing a network of support and involvement from the churches in our community is evident and therefore the [CFCN] Church Faith Connection Network was created as a way to channel and coordinate that support and input from local churches that wants to play a vital role in helping victims.
HOW THE NETWORK WORKS
Each pastor/church appoints 1/2members who serve as liaisons between their church and JHM Global. They keep their members informed about the ways in which God is using them & us to change the lives of abused women and children in the community. They also share information about our work, current needs, volunteer opportunities, prayer requests, coordinate help and support from church members. The CFCN is a vital link to increasing awareness of domestic abuse in the community.
1] We assist Churches by coming to speak about domestic violence as a part of marriage/leadership ministry.
2] We provide training & workshops & help to establish a Christian domestic violence ministry in their church. Topics covered include definition of domestic abuse, Biblical approach to domestic abuse, duty of care, the Law, signs of abuse, abuse resolution techniques, abuser profile, victim counselling and healing approach, etc.
3] We ask each church to choose a member and an alternate for a one-year term.
4] The representative [Sisters Keepers] should have a passion for the ministry, be reliable and be able to attend the monthly meetings. [A sisters Keeper can be male or female]
If your church isn't already participating in CFCN and you'd like to get involved, please talk to your pastor or lead clergy, get their approval and contact us on:
Tel: 0131 664 4798.
5] CFCN meets once a month - Thanks!
TO SIGN UP TODAY ONLINE click below:
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING
We offer FREE training to churches on domestic violence in the following area/ways:
1] Understanding domestic Violence & its causes.
2] Law Enforcement Agencies, Intervetion & The Law in DV cases.
3] Recognising the signs and sypmtoms of domestic violence within church families.
5] Emotional, spiritual & physical health management of victims.
6] Long term psychological impact/damage of DV on victims & their children.
7] Biblical application, standards and ethics regarding DV.
8] Victim Support, early intervention & management techniques.
9] Case studies for reflection - Action-vs-inaction & consequences.
10] Abuser's anger management within Biblical/Church context.
11] How to set up a domestic Violence minstry in church.
12] Domestic violence Awareness + Clergy & Leadership responsibility.
13] Benefits of joining the Church Faith Connection Network [CFCN] 14] Domestic violence prevention strategy.
15] Understanding & dealing with date rape & sexual abuse cases in church.
16] Action Plan, implementation & monitoring procedure within church.
Who can attend/participate?
General Church Members
Husband & Wife,
Sunday School Teachers,
Women's Group Leaders,
Men's Group Leaders, etc.
Do you charge for the training?
Our service is free but donations/Love offerings are thankfully received!
If oustide of the Edinburgh metroplitan area, transport contribution will be required from host churches - Thank You!
How to proceed?
Complete our online church connection application form by clicking on the button below, and one of our trainers will get in touch with you without delay.