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The Power to Do Good – Use & Misuse of Power in the Church

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 @ 8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Churches are meant to be places where people can worship God and grow in faith – free from harm. For many it’s a place of pain, confusion, & hurt leading to profound emotional and spiritual wounding. How can we support churches to be places of healing and help prevent harm? Church leaders’ opportunity to learn about the use and misuse of power in the church

Participants will learn about: 

  • the gift and responsibility of power & spiritual authority 
  • stewarding authority in ways that lead to the flourishing of others 
  • deepening our understanding of the abuses of power and how to prevent it 
  • reflecting on the importance of establishing healthy boundaries for oneself and others learning to cultivate a goodness culture in your congregation 

Councils are requested to encourage ALL staff, council members & leaders to participate in this training. This workshop fulfills the recommendations of the Addressing Abuse of Power Committee Report to Synod that  all ordained pastors and office bearers participate in Abuse of Power Training

Learn more about the training here

3-hour workshop at the BC March Classis meetings 

Langley Immanuel CRCTuesday, March 7: 5:50pm – 9pm 


Burnaby Nelson Ave Community ChurchWednesday, March 8: 8:50am – 12pm

Facilitator: Dr. Amanda Benckhuysen 

Host: BCSE & BCNW Safe Church Ministry 


  • Physical Abilities

    All physical abilities considered (wheelchair, cane use, washroom access, etc)