Creating Safe Environments at Church

Every child deserves a chance to shine! April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Christian City is sponsoring the SHINE seminar to inform and equip ministry leaders, parents and all those who work with children.

Child abuse is real. It’s close. And it’s preventable.

Shine Seminar on the Christian City Campus

  • How to create safe environments at church, and at home, so our children will be able to be the bright lights God created them to be.
  • Thursday, April 12. 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • For pastors, youth leaders, children’s workers and anyone who works with kids in a church setting.
  • Presenters, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Topic breakouts, Lunch

About the Shine Seminar…

  • Half-day experience filled with information, TED-talk type presentations from experts and introduction of available curriculum and training materials regarding the critical topic of child abuse and neglect.
  • Practical tools for pastors and staff to use in training all who work with kids.
  • Experts in the abuse arena who are able to answer questions and direct church leaders to various resources.
  • Time for questions and answers which relate directly to the needs and concerns of individual churches.

Expert Presenters

MA Clinical Counseling, Nationally Certified Counselor LAPC, Certified Youth Trauma Professional with 40 years experience in the field of child abuse/child welfare. Phil is the Chief Operating Officer at Christian City Children’s Village and an ordained Minister in the Christian Church.

Tiffany Sawyer
Director of Prevention Service for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Tiffany oversees the Center’s statewide abuse prevention initiative which has trained over 100,000 adults. Prior to her work in Georgia she worked as the Associate Director of Programs at Darkness to Light, a national non-profit for the prevention of child sexual abuse. Tiffany has conducted over 500 trainings and presentations both nationally and internationally throughout her career.

James Gagliano
CNN law enforcement analyst, contributor to Newsmax, retired FBI investigator, graduate of West Point and part of the #MeToo movement.

You may register below as an individual or as a church staff.

Great ideas and resources to help you Step Up and Speak Out for the kids in your church and community:

  • Designate a Sunday as “Speak Out for Children Sunday” (we suggest April 22 or 29).
  • Involve children and teens in the worship service. Have kids read scripture, sing a song, play an instrument, say a prayer.
  • Use the provided graphics during the worship that day and in communications leading up to the designated Sunday. Click to download.
  • Use the Devotional card as a bulletin insert or handout. Encourage everyone to pray each day for our children and their teachers, coaches and parents. Click to download.
  • Collect funds for the kids in the group homes at Christian City Children’s Village. Request cardboard cottages. Email