Domestic Abuse in Lockdown (Webinar)
How can churches and church leaders respond to hidden domestic abuse in church life?
The problems of domestic abuse have been highlighted through the Covid crisis, and many church leaders feel inadequate to know how to respond.
Mez McConnell and Sharon Dickens, from Niddrie Community Church and 20 Schemes join FIEC National Director John Stevens to help us think about how we can pastorally serve our churches and people in the area of domestic violence.
00:00 - Bible reflection (Psalm 133)
04:55 - Domestic abuse in lockdown
41:35 - Q&A
- Are there signs to look out for to know about undisclosed abuse?
- Where do you keep records of your meetings and conversations?
- What do you do with an abuse disclosure from the past?
- What do you do if an accused abuser denies it?
- Can a wrong view of male headship become abusive?
These resources were mentioned during the webinar for further reading on the topic:
- Walking with Domestic Abuse Suffers, Helen Thorne.
- Is it Abuse?: A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims, Darby Strickland.
- Sexual Assault: Healing Steps for Victims, David Powlison.
- Living with an Angry Spouse: Help for Victims of Abuse, Edward T. Welch.
- Creaking in the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Child Abuse, Mez McConnell.
In light of the announcement by the Prime Minister this week, that the Roadmap out of Lockdown is going ahead on 17 May, FIEC National Director John Stevens gave an update on the implications for church leaders and their churches.
- Do groups have to be of six people only during church services?
- Do home groups meeting in private homes need to be risk assessed?
- Can outreach activities begin again in church buildings?
- Now we can hug, can we also shake hands at church?
- Do qualifying groups need to social distance even if they can hug?
- Can gatherings of 30 outdoors interact more than when indoors?
Churches Through Lockdown
During the webinar, Mez McConnell shared how Niddrie Community Church has been serving through lockdown.
You can watch previous webinars and sign up for future webinars on the Leadership in Lockdown page.