Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
Protecting the Vulnerable in the Church

Protecting the Vulnerable in the Church

Course Description

Situations of abuse generate a wide range of emotions– from outrage and a demand for justice, to fear, shame, and disbelief. It can be challenging to respond well. But when abuse is brought to our attention, we must work hard not to respond based on emotion or personal bias. We should act wisely, justly, and deliberately. It is far better to be proactive in our care, rather than reactive. Doing so is not only a legal mandate; it is a moral and biblical one as well. This course will explore ways the Church can both prevent abuse, especially child abuse and respond wisely when abuse takes place. We will also discuss how to think more deliberately about the those populations who tend to be taken advantage of in ministry contexts and how we can guard against the mistreatment of those who are vulnerable.

About the Professor

julieJulie Lowe is a faculty member at CCEF where she has served for more than fifteen years. She holds an MA in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She is a licensed professional counselor with over fifteen years of counseling experience. She has extensive experience with women’s issues, sexual abuse, body image issues, parenting, and child maltreatment issues, and regularly speaks at events on these topics. Julie is also a registered play therapist and has developed a play therapy office at CCEF to better serve families, teens and children. She is a trained facilitator for Stewards of Children, a non-profit organization that provides trainings on child sexual abuse. Julie has trained a therapy dog that she works with both professionally and on a volunteer basis. Julie and her husband, Greg, have five children and serve as foster and adoptive parents.


Course Outline

  1. Biblical Foundations and the Problem of Abuse in the Church
  2. Understanding Victimization and Predatorial Behavior
  3. How do we care for the abused/What is and isn’t helpful
  4. What the Church Can and Must Be – preventive and proactive approaches


Protecting the Vulnerable in the Church is a 2-credit course. Pricing for the 2018 summer intensive offering of this course is $450.00 taken for credit.

Required Textbooks

Textbook list forthcoming.