What Pastors Can Do
AS A PASTOR YOU CAN . . .
• Recognize that abuse happens, even in your church.
• Work to ensure that your church is a safe place for all.
• Make your church a safe, comfortable place to talk about issues relating to abuse.
• Respect confidentiality.
• Be a good listener—in order to validate the pain and brokenness of victims.
• Withhold judgment while supporting the victims and the family.
• Know what community support is available in order to refer people as appropriate.
• Have information regarding abuse available to your congregations.
• When possible, and as appropriate, support local women's shelters.
• Address issues on abuse from the pulpit.
• Hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.
• Reaffirm the worth of all people.
• Be aware of the barriers victims face.
• Encourage members to talk about abuse.
• Know your limitations in dealing with abuse issues and cases.
• Assist/arrange for the safety and support of victims.
AS A PASTOR, YOU SHOULD NOT . . .
• Use religious teachings and sermons to support abuse.
• Forget that the safety of the victims is most important.
• Deny and minimize violence.
• Ignore, cover, deny or remain silent about abuse.
• Breach the confidentiality of the victim.
• Allow excuses for family violence.
• Assume a role for which you are not trained.
Binding Up Bruised Reeds is a Quick Reference Guide for Pastors on Ministry to Families Experiencing Abuse and Family Violence. It is professionally compiled for Seventh-day Adventist pastors and other church leaders to use with persons suffering physical, mental, emotional or social abuse. The ten chapters in this book will help your church respond effectively to various kinds of abuse, develop appropriate strategies and locate helpful resources.