Not Forsaken: A Shepherd’s Guide
Hi! I’m Jennifer Greenberg. In honor of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I’m teaming up with ECAP – the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention – to give away free downloads of Not Forsaken: A Shepherd’s Guide.
Not Forsaken: A Shepherd’s Guide is a 135-page info-packed manual for pastors, church leaders, seminary students, and Christian counselors. But really, everyone needs this information. As a child abuse survivor and mom, my goal is to equip you to notice red flags, identify different types of abuse (not just sexual abuse!), understand how abusers think, and minister better to abuse victims and survivors.
In this free resource, you’ll also learn how to report abuse to law enforcement, locate a qualified counselor or therapist, recognize the symptoms of PTSD and suicidal ideation, and find out what to do when a known abuser wants to attend your church. I could go on and on about all the topics I cover in this guide, but it’s free! So, download it now and see for yourself!
Reviews of Not Forsaken: A Shepherd’s Guide
“I benefited tremendously as a pastor reading over this study. The Lord has made you incredibly wise and you have a gift for equipping church leaders in a much-needed and brutally hard area of ministry. Thank you for offering such a constructive way forward for equipping ministry leaders out of something heinous, evil, and that never should have happened to you or any other victim or survivor.”
BRYAN PICKERING, Pastor for Care & Counseling at Bethlehem Baptist Church
“Not Forsaken: A Shepherd’s Guide is a study and practical how-to guide especially for church leaders, leading us to carefully and credibly minister to abuse victims. Praise God for this sister in Christ and her work, through which the Savior’s love shines so powerfully and brightly, especially for those whose lives feel lost within indescribable, dehumanizing darkness.”
RUT ETHERIDGE, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Geneva College; author of God Breathed
“One of the most tragic realities of living in this fallen world is abuse — especially the abuse of children. It requires some of the most painstaking shepherding to protect and care for the most vulnerable in Christ’s flock. Unfortunately, many leaders are not only unprepared to deal with this issue but have catastrophically failed. We must do better. Jennifer writes as one who has brought her own experience with abuse to be understood in the light of the Bible. As a good steward of her suffering she serves as a guide to help leaders wade into the muck and mess of this wicked sin and its devastating consequences. This study will encourage church leaders to compassionately love the lambs of Jesus, and to fiercely rage against those who would do them harm.”
KYLE BORG, Pastor of Winchester Reformed Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Kansas
“When I started in pastoral ministry in the late 90s, there was only a growing awareness by ministry leaders and trainers that there were sexual abuse problems in the church. The result is that we did not scratch the surface of learning how to properly address the needs of survivors and families. This guide helps fill that knowledge and skill gap for pastors and church leaders who want to do better but do not know how.”
DOUG HIBBARD, Pastor of East End Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
“Those of us who have experienced abuse within the church know how needed this curriculum is for pastors. Jenn Greenberg writes with the unique perspective of an abuse survivor who has been deeply failed by the church. Yet her own suffering has not led her to grow bitter and disillusioned, but rather to lovingly speak hope and practical help to build up the church and equip pastors to do better. My prayer is that God uses this excellent resource to bring healing and hope to his beloved Bride.”
CARRIE DAUKAS, Church Abuse Survivor & Advocate
About ECAP: Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention was created in 2019 to help leaders protect the vulnerable in ministry through standards, accreditation, and resources. While there are a number of providers doing good work in this space, our community must press forward to excel still more in this biblical stewardship. We believe that every person is created in the image of God for the purpose of worship. The people in our care must be protected from abuse so that they can hear the gospel and grow in discipleship for the purpose of the Great Commission.
ECAP seeks to help leaders know what should be done to protect persons and how to respond when an allegation of abuse is reported. Our accreditation program will assist in demonstrating compliance to the standards resulting in peace of mind for leaders and parents and sustainability to ensure that safety programs continue as designed. Read more at www.ECAP.net.
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