How Seminaries Can Prepare Future Pastors to Prevent and Respond to Sexual and Domestic Violence
90% of protestant pastors report encountering sexual or domestic violence in their congregations, but only 50% believe they are prepared to respond to it.* If 9 out of 10 pastors will encounter domestic or sexual violence situations at work, then 10 out of 10 pastors must receive training on how to respond. However, only 45% of pastors believe that their seminary training provided sufficient resources to address domestic or sexual violence. Your seminary can be part of making sure that 10 out of 10 pastors are equipped to respond to situations of domestic or sexual violence in their congregations and communities!
Our free webinar series prepared future pastors to prevent and respond to sexual and domestic violence. While half of pastors say they do not have adequate training or resources to address situations of domestic or sexual violence, 83% report that they would take action if they did have adequate resources and training.
The first webinar took place on June 25 and featured presentations from Lyvonne Proverbs of beautiful scars and Sarai Crain who is the City of Oakland’s Deputy Chief of Violence Prevention and covered:
- Important definitions of sexual and domestic violence
- Dispelling common myths around abuse
- A theological framework for abuse
- Advice for planning how your seminary can include or improve sexual and domestic abuse training in preparing pastors for ministry.
The second webinar took place on August 18 and was a follow up facilitated conversation that gave participants an opportunity to :
- Ask more in-depth questions of the webinar speakers
- Connect with other participants about implementing the ideas shared during the webinar
- Share experiences of implementing abuse prevention and response training into seminary programs or courses
Because the second part of the webinar was more of a conversation, a recording of it will not be made available. However, we do hope to continue the conversation that we started through regular calls!
One of the goals of the 10 Out of 10 webinar series was to connect a community of people who are working to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence, and we are hopeful that we can continue these conversations through our new 10 Out of 10 Monthly Call series. Stay tuned for more information coming soon about the day and time for these monthly calls!
During the 10 Out of 10 Monthly Calls, we will continue sharing how we’ve been incorporating sexual and domestic violence trainings into seminary courses, institutionalizing these trainings into a consistent theme across seminary curriculums, asking questions, troubleshooting, and brainstorming.
These calls will primarily be for seminary faculty, staff, and administrators, though they are open to anyone who is interested in connecting with others who are training future pastors in sexual and domestic violence response and prevention.