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Inspire 2022 will take place in Tinley Park, Illinois, on August 4-6, 2022.

Pre-Conference Event: Being a Safe Church for Ministry Leaders

Come early to Inspire 2022 and join us for our pre-conference event on August 4.  During the pre-conference Safe Church will be hosting two all day (9am - 4pm) training events. Participants are invited to choose between:

  1. Abuse of Power Training for Ministry Leaders (ie. pastors, directors, elders, or deacons).

    In this 6-hour workshop, participants will learn about the gift and responsibility of power and spiritual authority, how to steward authority in ways that lead to the flourishing of others, understanding abuse of power and how to prevent it, establishing healthy boundaries for oneself and for others, and cultivating a goodness culture in your congregation. This workshop fulfills the recommendation of the Addressing Abuse of Power Committee Report for all ordained pastors to participate in abuse of power training.
  2. Restorative Practices Training - An Introduction to Using Restorative Circles Effectively

    This will serve as Day 1 of the FaithCARE Restorative Practices Training. Day 2 material of this course is currently being planned for an online virtual setting in subsequent weeks after Inspire. This training will give participants the knowledge and practice to understand restorative practices more deeply and plan a course of action to further become trained or use restorative practices within their congregations or communities. This pre-day conference opportunity will serve as a key training for those who are representing their congregation in the Restorative Congregation Cohorts beginning in 2022. Learn more about restorative practices and the Restorative Congregations Cohort.

Lunch and snacks will be provided!  The cost of registration is $50. For more information or to register for the pre-Inspire conference workshops alone, please email [email protected].

Safe Church Workshops at Inspire 2022

Is Your Church Safe? - In this workshop we will talk together about common obstacles to abuse prevention in churches and share best practices. We will explore steps that you can take to make your church safer and introduce new Safe Church Ministry resources such as the new Safe Church Assessment Tool.  We will also discuss the dos and don’ts of responding to allegations of abuse. (Friday, August 5th, 10:00-11:00 am). Speaker/facilitator: Amanda Benckhuysen.

Active Bystander Training - What do you do when you see someone being harmed, bullied, or mistreated? If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Learn the basics of becoming an active bystander who knows when and how to interrupt harm-doing in ways that promote positive actions by others. (Friday, August 5th, 11:30-12:30 pm). Speaker: Becky Jones

The ACE Study: Implications for Ministry - Learn about the study of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how families and church communities can offer important protective and mitigating factors. (Friday, August 5th, 2:00-3:00 pm). Speaker: Tara Boer

Restorative Circle Practices: Ways To Live Restoratively in a World Falling Apart - Come find out how the simple but profound way Restorative Practices (based on the principles of Restorative Justice) can deepen relationships, create healthier church communities and build capacity to transform conflict into opportunity. This workshop will cover practical ways to utilize the practices, experiencing aspects of a circle, the continuum of restorative practices, and the social discipline window. (Friday, August 5th, 3:30-4:30 pm). Speakers: Eric Kas and Liz Tolkamp

If you have questions or need more information about either the pre-conference event or these workshops contact us at [email protected].

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