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December 6, 2022 in Articles

No Longer Optional: Why Child Protection Policies & Procedures are Necessary for Most Churches

Benjamin Franklin once famously recognized that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  In the area of…
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November 17, 2022 in Articles, Resources

New Book Addresses Handling Misconduct Allegations in a Ministry

From our friends at Telios... FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monument, CO, October 25, 2022: Attorney and Telios Law founder Theresa Sidebotham…
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November 16, 2022 in Articles, Featured, Resources

Child Safety for Church Special Events

Barna research indicates that more than 60% of Christians became believers before the age of 14, indicating how vitally important…
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November 2, 2022 in Articles, Featured

The ECAP Accreditation Process–Interview With Jeremy Herron

This article is an interview of Jeremy Herron, the Director of Providence Kids and Providence Academy at Providence Church Frisco.…
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October 31, 2022 in Articles, Resources

Child Safety Accreditation Q&A w/ Jeremy Herron

  Learn more about ECAP Child Safety Standards and Accreditation with an ECAP Charter Member! Hear from Jeremy Herron as…
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October 19, 2022 in Articles

Identifying Predatory Behavior

Whether you are a teacher, children’s ministry director in a local church, or camp administrator, what would you give to…
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October 3, 2022 in Articles

When Pastoring Abuse Victims, Be Sure to Care for Yourself

This post originally appeared on The Gospel Coalition's website. You can read it here. In my work with churches and…
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September 20, 2022 in Articles

12 Things To Consider When a Sex Offender Wants to Come to Church

This article originally appeared on Gospel-Centered Family's site. You can read it here. In 2010, Christianity Today International conducted a…
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September 8, 2022 in Articles, Resources

Handling A Child Abuse Allegation in Your Church

Follow this link to watch "Handling A Child Abuse Allegation in Your Church" livestream from Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax.…
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September 7, 2022 in Articles

Records Retention for Ministries

This post originally appeared here. Thank you to Brotherhood Mutual for letting us share with our audience. Know what to…
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August 23, 2022 in Articles

I’m a Small Church Pastor, How Can I Make My Children’s Ministry Safe?

Several years ago, as one of the authors of the Plan to Protect Manual, a protection manual for churches, I…
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August 8, 2022 in Articles

Three things a Child Abuse Pediatrician Wishes Every Congregation Knew

As we sat together in the exam room waiting for the nurse to come in, Josie* was coloring a picture…
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July 26, 2022 in Articles

Why We Struggle To Report Abuse

Why do we struggle so much with reporting child abuse to the authorities?  What makes this especially hard within the…
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July 14, 2022 in Featured, Resources

Child Safety Coordinator White Paper

Download the CSC White Paper A Critical Factor in Child Safety The Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention was created in 2019…
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July 12, 2022 in Articles

Grooming or Mentoring? How Do We Tell the Difference?

Experts constantly tell youth organizations that in order to protect children from sexual abuse, we need to be alert to…
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June 29, 2022 in Articles

Who Protects This House?

As parents of little girls, we find ourselves laying in their beds every night to pray, read, talk about the…
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June 13, 2022 in Articles

How Denominations Can Lead In Child Protection

“… and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6) Isaiah is clear: children have a prominent place in the…
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May 31, 2022 in Articles

Wolves Feasting on Lambs

Pastors and church leaders should be biblically aware that predators will prey on their church. One of the biblical roles…
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May 24, 2022 in Articles

ECAP Statement on the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force Investigation Report

We at the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention were heartbroken when we learned about the depth of the abuse problem…
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May 9, 2022 in Articles

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

This post originally appeared at THE TERRIFYING TRUTH ABOUT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE Child sexual abuse is when a child…
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April 25, 2022 in Articles

A Better Way to Handle Abuse

This post originally appeared on Relational Wisdom's website: Sexual abuse in the church does not have to end in…
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April 13, 2022 in Articles

Sexual Harassment: Lessons from Failure

Since 2007, Christianity Today (CT) has led the charge against sexual misconduct in the Christian workplace. But on March 15th,…
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April 8, 2022 in Articles

California’s AB506 Law: What It Means for Ministries Nationwide

In early March of 2020, I was invited to attend an event in Pasadena, CA, where I was introduced to…
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March 31, 2022 in Articles, Featured

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2022

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. The purpose of this month is to recognize "the importance of families and…
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March 15, 2022 in Articles

Spotting and Preventing a Child Sexual Predator

Sexual predators walk among us. They are both men and women, young and old, and they are from all types…
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February 28, 2022 in Articles

Sexual Misconduct Part II: Policies and Investigations

This post originally appeared on the Simms-Showers Blog. Recently, we wrote about how nonprofits, ministries, small businesses, and churches can…
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February 15, 2022 in Articles

How Churches and Nonprofits Should Address Sexual Harassment In The #MeToo Era

This post originally appeared on the Simms-Showers Blog. The #MeToo generation has captured headlines and national attention in recent months,…
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January 31, 2022 in Articles

Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse: A Call to Respond

The warning signs existed 30 years ago. Will we heed the call today? About 30 years ago, attorney Richard Hammar…
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January 17, 2022 in Articles

A Healthy Church is a Safe Church

Every (good) seminary instructs students about healthy churches. From a biblical perspective, what are the qualities of a healthy congregation?…
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January 13, 2022 in Articles, Resources

2021 National Conference Videos

In June of 2021, the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention hosted its first conference on Prevention and Redemption in Nashville,…
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December 23, 2021 in Articles

Site Hardening: Predator-Proof Your Home

By Wendy Patrick, Ph.D. In many cases, the predators who threaten us are not strangers. They are neighbors and acquaintances, hiding…
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December 3, 2021 in Articles

God’s Healing Word–Scripture and Speaking Up About Abuse

“Why didn’t we say anything?” This is a question my cousin and I recently pondered.  We were both aware of…
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December 3, 2021 in Articles

6 Steps for Creating a Child Protection Policy

Phoebe is a two-year-old that regularly attends your children’s ministry. She’s not fully potty-trained yet, so typically one of her…
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November 26, 2021 in Articles

Reporting Child Abuse: What Is Your Duty?

This post originally appeared on the website of Simms-Showers, LLP. You can read it here. Consider the following scenarios: •…
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October 28, 2021 in Articles, Resources

Telios Law Recommended Resources

You can find out more about Telios PLLC here. Books God Made All of Me, by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb…
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October 28, 2021 in Articles, Resources

Child Abuse & Maltreatment–NST Law

This post originally appeared on NST Law's website. You can find it here. KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR CAN HELP…
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October 14, 2021 in Articles

Displaying Hospitality In A Broken World

As a mother of two young girls, there is nothing more disconcerting than dropping your child off in a new…
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October 14, 2021 in Articles

Hiding In Plain Sight

This post originally appeared on Gospel Centered Family's Substack.  On Saturday night, November 6, 2011, I went to bed late.…
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October 8, 2021 in Articles

Child Safety Standards Accepted and Released for Church Implementation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention (ECAP) has released the latest version of their Child Safety Standards…
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October 1, 2021 in Articles

#ChurchToo: A Call to Action

What does it say about our society when our sanctuaries are no longer sanctuaries? #MeToo started a conversation centered around…
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September 16, 2021 in Articles, Resources

Accreditation White Paper

What is Accreditation, anyway? And why should ministries that serve children care about it? In this informational White Paper, Executive…
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September 3, 2021 in Articles

Restoring Faith

This post originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle's Op-Ed column on June 16th, 2021. You can find the electronic version here.…
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August 31, 2021 in Articles

ECAP Blog–Purpose Essay

Why Another Blog? Education At ECAP, we believe that one of the best ways to prevent abuse is by increasing…
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August 30, 2021 in Articles

Statement on Organizations With a History of Abuse

At ECAP, our goal as an organization is to help churches and ministries prevent abuse. Our accreditation program and Standards…
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September 30, 2020 in Articles

Protecting the Least of These | Sally Wagenmaker

We are providing this article to help ministry leaders assess their organizational child protection measures. Abuse Prevention Policy Essentials: Protecting…
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