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!
Join us for a free webinar series on preparing 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.
This webinar series consists of two webinars. 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 will take place on August 18 at 4 p.m. eastern and will be a follow up facilitated conversation for those who participated in the first webinar and will give you the 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