In the New Testament, the church is likened to the body of Christ and of a flock of sheep under the guidance of Christ’s shepherding. John Calvin compared the church to a mother who nurtures a child.
Christians aspire to the highest expression of Christian fellowship implicit in these images and explicit in the teaching of Christ and the epistles of the early church, and so the church should be a safe place to exercise ministry. However, our lives and communities do not always or fully reflect God’s intention, with the result that the church is sometimes less than it is called to be. Regretfully, experience teaches that bullying and harassment takes place in the congregations, courts and committees of the church. Preventing harm and responding promptly, carefully and appropriately to harassment of any kind, helps the church become the body Christ it is called it to be.
The policies and resources on this page help make the ministries of The Presbyterian Church in Canada safe places to worship, serve and work. When questions arise about the implementation or interpretation of the policies, or about which procedure to follow when a complaint could fall under more than one policy, national office staff serve as resource to the church’s ministries, courts and committees as they enact the policies.
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