Bring SafeChurch to Your Community!
Building on the success and learning of our SafeChurch National Pilot Program, the 3 day SafeChurch facilitator training offers communities or judicatories throughout the U.S. the opportunity to equip a group of 10-20 leaders to facilitate the one-year SafeChurch program.
What is the three day SafeChurch Facilitator Training?
It is a 20 hour, 3-day training for ordained and lay leaders from a broad spectrum of theological traditions to equip them to facilitate a SafeChurch process in their own congregations, or in a “Cluster” of several churches working together. (Click here for a one page flyer.) Samaritan’s material is copyrighted; however, participants are free to modify the facilitation material related to their state reporting laws; administrative information about meeting dates, guest speakers, congregational participants, facilities, etc.; and may include additional scripture references their constituencies would find helpful. Any substantive revisions to content or process requires written permission of Samaritan.
Each training is hosted or sponsored by a community organization committed to ending child sexual abuse, such as a counseling or advocacy center, or by a judicatory. Other sponsors will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The host is responsible for organizing the training, recruiting participants, collecting training fees, providing training space, and reimbursing the Samaritan SafeChurch facilitator for travel and lodging expenses. Samaritan SafeChurch is supported by a Just Beginnings Collaborative grant as part of their national Ending Child Sexual Abuse initiative. Each participant receives material valued at $450 to equip them to facilitate SafeChurch; the Samaritan fee for training and material (up to 20 participants) is $125 per person. In some cases, the fee may be lowered. The host is responsible for collection of participant fees. In addition, fees are waived for host organizations that agree to become a “hub” for SafeChurch. A host that makes a commitment to be a “hub” for SafeChurch and run Clusters in their region agrees to embed the program within their organization and provide administrative infrastructure to support it. Hosts willing to meet benchmark criteria that result in running their first Cluster of 5-10 congregations within one year of the training may be eligible for up to $5,000 in “ seed money” over the 12 month post-training period as benchmarks are met.