Your entire congregation needs to know your church is taking the Caring Well Challenge. August 25, 2019, is the Sunday when churches embracing the challenge will officially launch and explain their efforts. Though August 25, 2019, is the date most churches will launch the challenge, you are welcome to select another Sunday if a similar date works better for your church’s calendar.
The third step is to set aside time during your Sunday services to do four things:
- Acknowledge the need for churches to grow in their awareness about, prevention of, and response to incidents of abuse. For survivors in your church, this may be the first time they’ve heard people in leadership acknowledge the need to grow in an area that has so radically impacted their life.
- Explain the Caring Well Challenge so that your church knows what you will be doing over the next year.
- Introduce your Caring Well team so that your church knows who will be leading the effort over the next year.
- Pray for (a) those who are processing their own experience of abuse, (b) your church’s Caring Well team, commissioning them, and (c) for the church at large to grow in this area.
Resources on this step will be sent to every church that signs up and are available below to help you conduct this portion of your service with clarity, compassion, and excellence.
It is overdue for churches across our country to acknowledge and address the crisis of abuse. May August 25, 2019 be a significant day of healing and the launching point for many needed efforts.