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Preventing Abuse

Helping Churches Create Safe Spaces Where All Can Flourish.

“Having worked for many years in business, pastoral ministry, and as president of World Relief, I have been shocked to observe how widespread, debilitating, and complex abuse (in all its forms) remains. We have seen that the vitality of entire communities is directly linked to the flourishing of women.”

Created to Thrive

CBE has published Created to Thrive: Cultivating Abuse-Free Faith Communities that addresses the issue of abuse. Exploring the link between views about women’s worth and the consequences of their devaluation, Created to Thrive aims to create safe spaces where all can flourish.

Cover of Created to Thrive

CBE directs much of its attention to how churches address the abuse of women. Both secular and Christian humanitarians increasingly acknowledge the influence of faith leaders in promoting the dignity and agency of females.

Faith leaders can be critically important in the lives of domestic violence victims who are trying to understand what is happening to them and looking for a way to escape violence and abuse. A compassionate, informed, and effective response by faith leaders and communities can promote critical healing and recovery. It could be lifesaving for survivors and their families.

CBE recognizes that pastors and lay leaders need equipping as they also work to create a culture that promotes the flourishing of women as equals. Therefore, CBE desires to provide these leaders with egalitarian resources.

Created to Thrive explores the multiple facets of domestic abuse and its prevention and is meant to be a catalyst for equipping and further study. The contributors, each highly qualified in their profession, tackle topics related to abuse, exposing the myths and dangers, and proposing remedies. Our hope is that the information offered in Created to Thrive brings awareness and transformation to churches, organizations, and individuals and serves as a stepping-stone to greater flourishing.

Discover How to Cultivate an Abuse-Free Community

Created To Thrive brings together the voices of experts and faith leaders to tackle topics related to abuse. Born out of a desire to equip pastors and Christian leaders to respond wisely to create safe spaces where all can flourish, Created to Thrive explores the dangerous consequences of women’s devaluation and how theology can perpetuate abuse.

Created to Thrive will help you:

  • Understand and address domestic and church abuse
  • Gain best practices for creating abuse-free spaces
  • Respond wisely to reports of violence. 

Nurturing Women’s Equality: A Church Evaluation Tool

In addition to Created to Thrive, CBE released a companion workbook entitled Nurturing Women’s Equality: A Church Evaluation Tool. We developed this resource to help churches and organizations evaluate their community and identify practices which may inhibit them from nurturing men’s and women’s gifts, service, and shared leadership in advancing the gospel.

Central to CBE’s mission is a desire to eliminate the power imbalance between men and women resulting from Christian patriarchy. These resources are steps toward that mission. Both resources highlight the specific ways churches can support and promote women as equals.



Support CBE in spreading awareness about our abuse resources.

Your gift will help us distribute and spread the word about CBE’s book and evaluation tool so churches can create safe spaces where women and men flourish together.

Thank you for partnering with CBE to advocate for women’s biblical equality which reduces abuse, contributes to economic growth, and improves quality of life for everyone!

CBE Resources on Abuse

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Liar’s Witness

I was brought up in a faith tradition that taught women to be “subject to” their husbands. I went into my marriage believing this teaching.

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